Sunday, 19 October 2014

Reviewed: Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights

Tights Tights Tights, the shop and online retailer based in the Metrocentre, Gateshead, sent Hosiery For Men a pair of the new Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights.

You can still read the Hosiery For Men feature on Tights Tights Tights.

Pure Shine are a new range from Falke, that also includes the Pure Shine 15 Tights and Pure Shine 40 Tights. These styles are also available from Tights Tights Tights.

Readers of this blog will know that Falke are one of our favourite brands. The exceptional quality and fit, plus the great sizing options, makes them a suitable for choice for men buying tights.

We have already reviewed a number of Falke styles including:

Falke Cotton Rib Tights

Falke Pure Matt 20 Tights

Falke Pure Matt 50 Tights

Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights

Falke Cotton Touch Tights

Falke Pure Matt 100 Tights

Material and features 

Tights Tights Tights describe the Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights as follows:

"Elegantly shimmering, fine opaque tights with a fine mesh structure. An innovative material composition gives a particularly soft touch. They have a hygienic net gusset in small to large sizes, and a comfort gusset in XL size. These superb opaque tights have high quality quality flat seams and a durable toe with comfortable soft seam finishing."

The tights are packaged in a Falke card sleeve that is enclosed in a clear plastic envelope. The tights are wrapped around a card that provides guidance on how to put the tights on, should you need it.

The tights are made from 93% Polyamide and 7% Elastane, according the the packaging information. 

The tights feel luxuriously soft and velvety. They are perhaps the softest Falke tights I have seen and touched.

The tights are sheer to waist with straight legs. Toes have no reinforcement.

Seams are flat throughout and, as you would expect from Falke, expertly engineered and finished. The XL size that I tested has a rear comfort gusset.

The waistband is 3cm wide and very soft and comfortable. As with all Falke hosiery, there is a Falke tag attached. It's a small touch, but if you have a huge collection of black opaque tights, it helps to be able to identify the Falke ones.

The Pure Shine Tights provide an even opaque coverage throughout. Despite their name, I didn't find them to be overly shiny. It's more like a slight sheen throughout, or a 'shimmer' as Tights Tights Tights describe them.

Fit and sizing

The Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights are available in three sizes from Tights Tights Tights: Small/Medium, Medium/Large and Extra Large.

I tested a pair in the V / Extra Large size.

These tights were just a wonderful wearing experience. The fit in the XL size was spot on for me.

There is plenty of length in the leg. The brief was also deep and provided a comfortable fit over the waist with plenty of room in the abdominal area.

Colour range

The Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights are available in three colours from Tights Tights Tights: Elder, Black and Petrol.

I tested a pair in the Black colour.

Price and availability

The Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights are available from Tights Tights Tights. They are priced at £19.00.

If you spend just £20.00 at Tights Tights Tights you get free first class UK delivery.


The Falke Pure Shine 80 Tights are a superb addition to the Falke range this autumn and winter.

They compare very favourable with the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights which we reviewed recently. The Pure Shine tights do not seem to be significantly shinier that the Seidenglatt. However the black shade in the Pure Shine does seem to be a denser, darker colour.

As always with Falke, the XL size will be suitable for tall women and men, with plenty of leg length and a deep, comfortable brief.

If you like Falke tights, and want absolutely top quality opaque tights, you won't want to miss this style.

I am quite keen to try the Pure Shine 40 Tights now. They are the next Falke tights on my want list.


  1. Their double seam in the rear area is really a pain (comfort panel what?), too bad. Stick to wolford for that reason....

  2. The rear panel works in Falke XL sizes works for me Anonymous. These tights are so well made that I don't find them uncomfortable at all.