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Hit or Miss - Topshop/Topman

Strong, trend-led styles mean this retail duo leads the Arcadia pack

  • 14 St Michael’s Square, The Grosvenor Centre

Product 9

Each trend is here, with lovely studded and buckled women’s boots, a nice version of the metal toe-cap heel in black or cream and killer heels for the party season, with leopard prints catching the eye. Casual flats are strong, with ballet pumps in numerous varieties, brothel creepers and brogues. Men’s looks excellent, with everything from smart brogues and Oxfords, to lovely suede and leather desert boots and shoes. Great versions of the Vans-style plimsoll stand out, alongside really nice versions of the retro Nike hi-top, a growing trend that not everyone has caught on to.

Value 9

The basic interpretation of the Acne pistol boot in black leather is an impressive £45, while jazzier studded biker boots push up to £85 but are worth it for the quality. On-trend metal toe-cap courts are acceptable at £50. The most basic men’s plimsolls start at a very competitive £12, with the more on-trend styles starting at a good £22. A cracking brogue is a bargain at £38, while good-quality desert boots (£46) and desert shoes (£42) are solid value.

Experience 7

The women’s windows and merchandising throughout the store are a disappointment, using exclusively black styles that aren’t particularly inspiring. Men’s on the other hand is strong, with the six mannequins at the entrance to the menswear area all decked out in the best styles. The women’s shoe area is lovely, arranged like a boutique gallery that presents each shoe as if it’s been framed.

25/30

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