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Top of the shops. Every trend and a little more, as well as some of the best VM, store design and staff.

Topshop and Topman do it again, topping their rivals with on-trend spring deliveries that also have enough of a point of difference to get customers spending. Neon pops, snakeskin detailing, flatforms, various espadrille, cork and wood wedge and heel variations, the Isabel Marant-inspired trainer wedge - everything. What’s good is that there are the trend-led platforms and towering heels but also great ballet flats, plimsolls and low to mid heels too. Men’s has a great smart/formal section, including H by Hudson exclusives.

What’s great here is that there always seems to be a balance between price and quality, which makes for good value. For instance, an on-trend strappy wood-style wedge with 100% leather straps is good at £45. A deal on men’s espadrilles is two for £18, which is £8 more than New Look’s two-for-one offer, but Topman’s are better made. Vans-inspired plimsolls are also good at £22 in 20 different colours, almost half the price of the real deal at the likes of Office.

Two windows are dedicated to footwear, with some excellent VM and signage. The store is scattered with well-merchandised footwear. The women’s Shoe Lounge is the biggest and best department in Liverpool, creating a premium environment with luxe boudoir-style seating, sleek finishing and great staff. There is also an Office and Kurt Geiger concession for women, so why should customers shop anywhere else?

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