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Marks & Spencer

A broad selection of brands and styles means this store feels a little too full.

Marks & Spencer has done a great job of channelling trends into styles suitable for its core customer. Subtle neon pops come through on flat espadrille-sole sandals, while wedges and heels are updated with on-trend cork, raffia or wood details. Fashion-forward flatforms also feature. There is a great offer of beach-ready sandals and ballet pumps alongside comfort own brand Footglove. Men’s is much more basic, but has tried to interpret some trends for the M&S man, with espadrille soles and Toms-style canvas slip-ons.

With prices starting as low as £15 for a raffia-covered espadrille wedge and hardly going above the £50 mark, Marks & Spencer stands out for its good balance between quality and price. Well-made wedges are a good buy at £25 and go up to £49.50 for the more premium leather versions. The men’s offer is similar in terms of good value, with well-made espadrille-style slip-ons starting at £12.50 and formal leather brogues at £49.50.

While no staff were seen near neither the men’s nor women’s footwear sections, a simple and organised layout and clear signage makes shopping in this store
easy. Shoes are divided by section and the size range on offer is good, clearly grouped in size order. However, the small men’s section really lets the store down, with shoes left untidily on the floor and an entire empty shelf looking half restocked creating an unfinished and unloved environment.

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