Find out what’s selling now in the world of contemporary footwear
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Joe Hardy, assistant manager at Number Six, The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch
Classic Chuck Taylor Converse (£60-£70) have been a real favourite with customers and Spring Court’s G2 trainers are also doing really well. The brand is iconic among a lot of our customers and we’ve had a particularly great reaction to the updated G2 style, released for its 80th anniversary. We recently introduced Yogi Mfg Co (£90-£95) to the store, which has gone down well with customers. Unpredictable weather has meant we’ve had to be more intelligent with our buys, but we’ve seen an increase in sales from products like Crep Protect’s weatherproof shoe protector (£10). We’re located in the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, which does a lot of events and gives us the chance to reach out to new and existing customers to boost trade.
Andrew Macdonald, assistant manager at Jingo Clothing in Worcester
We’re finding that wallabee styles are extremely popular with customers at the moment. Clarks Originals (£85-£95) are still the frontrunner but GH Bass & Co’s more expensive version (£125) has also gone down well. Palladium boots (£95) are proving popular, which is helped by celebrities like David Beckham wearing the brand. We are just off the high street so trade tends to be pretty consistent, although we do notice demand for different styles of shoe, depending on the weather.
Brian Echlin, assistant manager at Psyche in Middlesbrough
Because of the wet, British summertime we’ve been experiencing, we have noticed customer demand for more durable and classic shoes. H by Hudson (£79) provides the perfect brogue to last all year around and transition customers into autumn 16. Sanders & Sanders (£172-£192) is a relatively new brand for us but has been really popular, particularly its brogues. Grenson (£205-£255) has been another bestseller for us, despite the slightly higher price point. Unfortunately, though, as a store we have noticed a decrease in both footfall and sales.
Darren Rutter, store manager at Intro Clothing in Manchester
We’ve noticed that it’s the more unusual styles that are selling the best. Cinzia Araia (£150-£350) is a top seller. It has unusual shapes and use of zips for a more unique shoe. Versace footwear (£300-£600) is also doing particularly well, especially the high-tops with the gold zips and emblem. Boots from The Last Conspiracy (£260-£350) have been popular, as the weather has prevented us from selling a lot of the summer styles. Manchester Pride is around the corner, so we are looking forward to the increased footfall that we get each year, especially to make up for the lack of sales in summer styles.
Paul Derbyshire, assistant manager at Oxygen in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
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Barker Shoes has worked really well for us, especially its contemporary take on the classic brogue (£219). Boss Green smart trainers (£119-£159) are also really popular with customers. H by Hudson does well for us, too, especially its classic leather or suede loafers (£99), which are a perfect summer shoe for a wedding or paired with smart shorts. A lot of our summer 16 collection is in the sale now, so we look forward to introducing new stock for the winter season.
Debra McCann, owner of The Mercantile in Spitalfields, East London
Hudson shoes are thriving, particularly its white leather trainers (£97) and wash-brown leather boots (£190), which are proving to be a perfect transitional piece between seasons. Sol Sana seems to be well liked, especially its summer items like sliders (£66) and sandals (£55). Veja trainers (£92-£100) are also a hit with customers. Because of concerns over Brexit and its repercussions on pricing, I have to make sure I’m offering my customers reasonable and competitive prices, especially when looking into new stock. However, trade is still very good and we’re expanding our store with menswear and unisex options come November.
Matthew Burgess, sales manager at Curpheys on the Isle of Man
Our most popular brand is Gabor, particularly its white heeled sandals (£60-£80). Customers are always drawn to white styles in the summer and this year is no exception. Sandals from Rieker (£50) and Remonte (£60) are selling really well, too. We’re always on the look-out for new brands, but we have not yet decided which ones to bring in for the new season. As we are located on the Isle of Man, Brexit won’t affect us at all.
Katie Blundell, owner of Unique Feet in Buxton, Derbyshire
Our trade is quite dependent on the weather and it’s been up and down all season. Business was really slow during the Easter break; it picked up a little in May but the referendum slowed the pace. Our bestselling brand is Birkenstock (£50-£90), especially the metallic styles. Flats from Mjus (£80) and Fly London (£80) have also proved very popular. Green and mocha are popular colours. Customers seem to be cautious about their spending at the moment.
Francesca Covre, store manager of Black Truffle in East London
Esska is doing extremely well this year, especially its ankle-strap sandals in yellow or mint (£75). Customers have also loved sandals from Miss L Fire (£65) and Creator (£60). Business has been steady overall but the spell of good weather in July meant we saw an influx of people coming into the shop. We are expecting Brexit to have an impact on our business. We trade with foreign brands, particularly in Portugal, and our suppliers are already increasing their prices.