Chosen by Karl Vanderhuizen, northern Europe sales manager, Emu Australia
Zapatos is a beautifully furnished boutique that was established four years ago by mother and daughter Sandra Gough and Sally Feeke. They felt there was a gap in the market for a local women’s designer footwear boutique offering British brands and some global designers.
The store has a premium feel and a clean layout, with product merchandised by brand. It was one of the first indies to buy into Rupert Sanderson in January 2007 - the exceptionally talented London-based footwear designer who today operates on a global platform - along with pieces from the Philip Treacy hat and handbag collection.
Zapatos also offers footwear and accessories from D&G, Vic Matie, Penelope and Parker, as well as Emu Australia. Combine this with knowledgeable staff and you get a truly fine indie that has carved out a successful business in what has been a hard time for small retailers. It’s a great model for anybody considering entering the lucrative but risky fashion business.
Address 19 Regent Street, Knutsford, Cheshire
Telephone 01565 621999
Owners Sandra Gough and Sally Feeke
Brands include Alberta Ferretti, Geox, Moschino, Philip Treacy