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Hit or miss: Topman/Topshop - 25/30

Setting the agenda in terms of trends with all the season’s updates and more.

  • Lower Ground, Thames Walk

Product 9

Topshop and Topman lead the way with trends, balancing directional styles with strong basics. Women’s boots come in numerous cut-out, heavily buckled, contrast-sole and chunky-heeled options, ranging from full-on trend-led boots to plainer styles that still reference trends. There are several Chelsea boot styles, with updates including contrast elasticated bandings, plus a more directional neoprene cuffed boot. Pointed courts are updated with ankle straps and cut-outs, alongside casual flats including up to 20 ballet shoe variations. Topman’s offer is just as inclusive, with desert boots in basic shapes and more trend-led versions, including a colour-striped sole and leather panel option. There is a pleasing variety of suede brogues and hi-top trainers, while Chelsea boots, chunky heritage-style brogues and colourful sneakers sit alongside simple formal and office shoes.

Value 8

The great pricing architecture means there are key trends to suit every budget, with a balance between quality and affordability. For example, women’s cut-out boots are £45, £68 and £75, while Chelsea boots range from £45 to £62 and over. Men’s desert boots start at lower, more accessible price points and go up to £50, fashion sneakers are £28 or £32, while the store’s interpretation of Converse-like styles start at £24.

Experience 8

The store is a pleasure to shop, with footwear areas sleekly designed and well maintained. Windows are appealing, with mannequins featuring a selection of the best shoes alongside a dedicated women’s footwear window. The men’s area is smaller than the impressive women’s section, but both are neat and tidy with helpful staff.

25/30

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