Surprises with some unexpectedly fashion-forward styles but could do with a wider casual range.
- Arndale Centre
Dune’s spring offering outstrips expectations. Trend-wise, the store ticks boxes without compromising its more classic approach, taking ideas and tweaking them slightly to give a point of difference. Metallic toe caps, seen everywhere, are revamped with webbed metal on courts and flats, while monochrome is refreshed with beige instead of white. Some great sandals are on offer, with faux ponyskin and metallic details, and flats are available in most styles. Only a couple of points are lost for the absence of some more casual styles and a men’s range.
Dune is at the more expensive end of the spectrum: court shoes with printed cotton uppers or metallic capped toes are around £85. Block-heeled wooden courts for £79 and patent nude and black-striped stilettos at £85 are also punchy, but the finish is gorgeous - not a stitch out of place, sturdy heels and soft insoles. In some cases pricing is questionable - platform trainers at £75, for example, or ballet pumps between £49 and £59 aren’t competitive enough compared with those elsewhere. But generally, Dune can justify its higher prices.
A window is striking in a minimal sense, with tonal colours and a good mix of bags and accessories alongside the shoes. This chic element is carried inside the store, where everything is beautifully presented and well-lit.
Seating is comfortable and staff members were really eager to help. The only thing missing is perhaps some slightly edgier visual merchandising, as there are some really standout fashion pieces that could be pushed forward more.