Fashion | Product reviews

Vans ‘Old Skool’ trainers Primark dupe: What’s the difference?

By on August 16, 2017

Whilst on my annual pay day Primark shop, I came across a familiar dupe to one of my most loved pairs of shoes. It’s clear that the ‘Old Skool’ Vans trend is everywhere at the moment, so of course it was only a matter of time before Primark created their own alternative, which may I add, is also a whopping £47 cheaper!

So, is the Primark dupe really a dupe? I compared similarities and differences between each shoe… and here is what I found. One of the first differences between the two that I found is in the soles. Whereas the genuine Vans have an orange sole as shown below, the Primark alternative has a darker colour which isn’t as high quality. But hey, what where you expecting in an £8 dupe? Nevertheless, the Primark dupe does share the same chunky white sole as the real Vans, so there isn’t much difference there.

And now onto the ‘signature’ stripe which is arguably, one of the main features of the ‘Old Skool’ Vans. This is also the biggest factor that stood out to me when noticing that these Primark shoes really were dupes. Although there isn’t much of a difference at first glance, when you look closely you can definitely see two different stripes on each shoe. For example, the genuine ‘Old Skool’ Vans have more of a angled line, where as the Primark dupe is styled with more of a curved line. You can see the difference between the two below:

Vans ‘Old Skool’ trainers

Primark Old Skool dupe

The next difference is minor, yet still something that is vaguely noticeable. In case you haven’t noticed it yet, the Primark dupe has thicker laces; whereas the real Vans have thinner white laces. However, both of the laces are interchangeable so it’s not a huge deal and is definitely one of the smaller differences.

The final difference is also a given, but still a difference at that. Obviously, the back of the Vans trainer has the official Vans trademark logo, whereas the Primark alternative doesn’t have anything. The stitching however, is pretty much similar with white thread contrasting with the dark material to make the shoe stand out. Regardless, the stitching isn’t as high quality on the Primark shoe… but what do you expect from a £8 product?

Honestly, when wearing the shoes I would say they are as comfortable as each other. When trying on the Primark pair, they felt just like my genuine Vans- you would never know the difference if you were blindfolded! If you don’t want to fork out £55 for the original Vans, then the Primark dupe is definitely a must from me. They’re affordable, comfy, and honestly; look a lot like the original pair. You wouldn’t really know the difference unless you really examined the shoes together. On the other hand, it does seem like the genuine Vans would last longer from the sole comparison as they are better quality. But hey, Primark strikes again with the affordable dupes- and this one is a yay from me.

Have you tried the Old Skool dupe from Primark, and if so, what are your thoughts? Make sure to let me know in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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General blog posts | Hauls

Home-wear inspiration

By on July 19, 2017

The excitement of last pay-day also came with the need to buy new, and cute, home-wear items for my bedroom. I felt like a fresh start with my room- and decided to splash out on last months wages so I could get the exact aesthetic I desired.

As well as purchasing a new 3-tier clothes rail for my bedroom, I also added a few extra touches onto the shelves to give my room that extra ‘Insta-worthy’ vibe. For this, I purchased two copper items from Primark as pictured below. For only £3.50, the diamond shaped candle holder seems so simple but so effective at the same time. To add to it, I also purchased a artificial plant for £3 (I don’t trust myself to look after a real one!), and the two together fit perfectly. In addition to the grey background on my clothes rail, all the colours seem to compliment each other… stage one complete.

Next up, I purchased a white and silver photo frame from Home Sense for £6.50… yes only six pounds fifty! What makes it even better is that the photo frame already came with a print inside it, which was my whole purpose for buying a frame in the first place. I feel as though the quote, “It’s the little things” adds a little bit of ‘inspiration’ to my room; and I especially love having these types of quotes dotted round my room as motivation. This now sits on my bedside table alongside (another) artificial plant and my copper base lamp.

The lamp was actually purchased from Dunelm, and is one that I have had my eye on for a while. The copper base fits with the colour scheme that I have going on in my bedroom right now, but also includes a black shade as a nice contrast. Oh, and another bonus is that I actually found the right light bulb to match the lamp by myself without blowing it up (oops). The lamp retails at £19 and can be purchased here.

The next addition to my “new and improved” bedroom is also courtesy of Dunelm. herehereAfter spending hours (yes, hours) trying to search for the right cushion to make my bed that extra bit comfy, I came across this little gem pictured below. The pineapple pillow offers an extra bit of ‘summer’ to my room and adds to the whole modern theme as well as looking extra cute on my bed. I normally style this cushion in front of my two other big ones and it is a lifesaver when it comes to editing my YouTube videos and writing blog posts. Although it retails at £14, it is extra comfy… plus, who doesn’t love a good pineapple home-wear accessory?! The cushion is now available online .

Overall, I am loving how modern and homely my bedroom feels. I am so glad that I have managed to de-clutter everything and invest in some items which make my bedroom really feel like my own. What was your favourite piece from this mini haul? Make sure to drop a comment down below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

Note: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Also, please bare with my photography at the moment. I have just purchased a new camera, and am still getting used to it / the lighting etc. Hehe. xo

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Spotlight outfit of the week: Week 1

By on October 10, 2016

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In case you hadn’t noticed from the title, this blog post is my favourite outfit from this past week.

It’s now Autumn and that really excites me as that’s a total excuse to just wear scarves and an that extra item of clothing to my outfit if it’s a bit basic on it’s own. This past week, I definitely made the most of the colder weather (here’s too many more cold and gloomy days) and here is my favourite outfit of the week!

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Shoes: Zara (£29.99)

Jeans: Topshop (Bought from the charity shop, so I don’t have a link to the exact pair online)

Top: New Look (I don’t have a link to this exact one, but the one linked is similar and priced cheaper at £9.99)

Scarf: New Look (I couldn’t find a link to that online either, but it’s in store for £7.49)

Bag: Primark (£5)

I hope you enjoyed my first ‘fashion themed’ post! What kind of Autumn looks are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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