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Kurt Geiger, Philadelphia Street, Cabot Circus

An outstanding window design sets the tone for the season and the shopfit is spectacular

Product 8½

Bright, vibrant styles are in keeping with Kurt Geiger’s spring 11 ad campaign and nod to the 1970s trend, with sky-high platforms in two-tone, jewel-coloured suede reminiscent of Gucci’s spring 11 catwalk in jade and azure blue. Two-way colour combos continue on wooden-block platforms, with leopard-print satin complementing bright red strapping. Mary Jane-esque platforms get not one buckled strap but three, and a strong nude story is played out on wedges via two-tone silver and pale pink.

Experience 8½

This store has been graced with the best footwear shopfit in Cabot Circus. The environment is classy and clean. It could be intimidating in its gleaming perfection but staff offset this with a smile and great service. Drapers had to make the quickest exit from this store as staff were so attentive we almost bought something. The Yves Saint Laurent quote ‘Women turn into birds of paradise at night’ is emblazoned in jewel tones across the front of the store, making for a beautiful window display.

Value 8

Kurt Geiger has one of the best handles on value in the market. Its trend-defining design and detail-laden footwear, combined with the store experience and high production values, justify its premium prices. The two-tone pink and silver wedge is £140 and chunky, acid lemon
rope-soled wedges come in at £100. Sky-high platforms range from about £120 to £140, depending on the material used and design detail. Flat leather hippy sandals are a touch expensive at £75 though.

Score 25

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