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Aldo, Unit 37 Churchill Square

It may have best-in-class wedges but sky-high pricing lets the side down.

Looks 8½

Aldo shines this season with a varied range of seasonal trend hits. The retailer has the most extensive offer of shearling-lined styles on the high street. A wedge style called Artison stands out

with a low-cut front, golf loafer vamp detail and contrasting tan upper and a black sole unit. Buckled ankle boots sit next to crêpe wedges and kitten heel courts. Stitching on black and nude patent courts is too visible and cheapens the appearance of an otherwise accomplished offer.

Experience 7

The sales assistant serving Drapers was polite, attentive and persuasive without being pushy. She tried to convince Drapers that a wedge

style is a must-have for the season - and did a good job. The store is clean and tidy and, unlike at the retailer’s London Oxford Street store in last season’s Hit or Miss, there are fewer duplicate styles on show. A discreet Sale rack sits at the back of the store and offers price-appropriate footwear for this market.

Value 6

The prices are high and the quality of the product doesn’t justify them in most cases. Kitten heel courts are £75 but are no better than Next’s £22 version. Suede courts with ruffle ankle detail are far too pricey at £75.

Score 21½

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