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Robert Carder

Owner of Robert Carder Shoes in Godalming, Surrey Brands include Clarks, Gabor, Rockport, Tony Pons

How is trade?

The great weather is helping the summer stock sell and it’s looking very optimistic. The winter season wasn’t great but now it’s back to sandals, footwear is selling really well. Men’s sandals have sold better than at any time since spring 06.

Which brands are selling best?

We’ve introduced Tony Pons, a designer from Spain, this season. He has a range of espadrilles, sandals, and occasion shoes. We’ve also started doing Rockport ‘washables’ - casual footwear which you can wash. They’ve been very popular.

How are you feeling about autumn 10?

We’re optimistic going into autumn after having a good summer so far. We’re moving away from formal footwear and towards more casual, which has sold better recently.

Which spring 11 trade shows will you go to?

We’ll go to Moda and maybe Kensington Shoe Event. We went to Kensington for the first time last year and it was relaxed and had some great brands.

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