With unbelievably low prices and some really strong designs, New Look is a winner for bargain hunters.
- Arndale Centre
The women’s range is broad, with most trends covered from metallic and wooden heels, to Aztec, flatforms and even neon, although spring boots are missing. Hero pieces include hot pink multi-strap stilettos and Aztec-print denim and cork wedges. However, it’s a shame the wide-fit options for women don’t appear to be available in a regular fit, which makes the offer unbalanced. For men the pickings are slim, but there is a nice range of trainer-style pumps in two-tone colours and a variety of formal lace-up and brogue shoes.
One of the cheapest of the bunch, New Look offers fun patterned women’s espadrilles for only £8 and an incredible range of basic pumps for £9.99 including raffia, monochrome and floral styles. However, they are paper-thin and clearly just disposable fashion pieces. Basic courts come in around £12.99 and fancier styles only go up to around £29.99 for metallic toe-cap stilettos. For men, the offer is mostly priced around £29.99 and includes a two-tone leather boat shoe, a hi-top trainer with side zips, a distressed leather lace-up or an asymmetrical-style formal slip-on. The range, given the price, is great and certainly works for the target market.
More options in the men’s section would have been useful, although it was being restocked with newer styles as I shopped. Nevertheless, the ‘Shoe heaven’ area is a delight, with plenty of assistance on-hand, and the closest competitors in price, such as Deichmann and Barratts, can’t compete with the general store experience.