Find out what’s selling now in the world of footwear
Kevin Bilson Manager at Step Outlet in Oldham
Skechers is probably our bestseller at the moment. Lots of people are buying the slip-on style (£56), because they’re great for holidays. Dickies boots (£20-£70) are doing well: people buy them all year round for work. As we get closer to school starting again, Kickers shoes (from £65) are being bought a lot too. Business has been steady – we always have something to keep us going.
Arv Grewal Store manager at Stuarts London in Shepherds Bush
GH Bass & Co’s Weejuns loafers (£125) are always popular all year round. They can be dressed up or down and go with everything, which is why customers like them. Spring Court canvas shoes (£59) are also popular because they are so comfortable. They have a really nice foam cushioned sole. It’s hard to single out the brands doing best in store because we stock such a large variety. We’re doing really well with people coming back onto the high street to buy, rather than shopping online, so they can judge the quality of the shoes they are buying.
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Anthony Hall Sales consultant at Oxygen in Newark, Nottinghamshire
Boss Green trainers (£130) are really popular at the moment. Swims loafers (£115) are popular all year round, but have been doing especially well recently. Classic Chuck Taylor All Stars from Converse (£45) are another top seller. We’ve been really busy this season.
Charles Clinkard Managing director, Charles Clinkard, branches nationwide
All our seasonal products are selling very well. Our bestsellers are the Rieker Chris sandal (£57), Skechers Equalizer Double Play (£59) and Josef Seibel Franklyn sandal (£55). Dress casuals and sports casuals are our top performers, as our customers like functional, multi-purpose footwear. Comfort is important, too.
Steve English Managing director of Cooshti in Bristol
Women’s sneakers and trainers have been doing well across the board. The new Adidas EQT Support (£50-£100) have been selling well in a variety of colours, as have the new Nike Air Max (£60-£150). The new and improved design is comfortable and stylish, ready for summer. Converse’s classic Chuck Taylor All Stars (£25-£70) have been a constant seller throughout the seasons and continue to be successful. Better weather lately has been good for business and although we experienced a slow start to the year, trade has picked up through the spring and summer months.
Andrew Murray Store manager at Irish Clothing in Leicester
Festival season is upon us, so our wellington brands have been the big sellers. Floral patterns and colourful designs from Joules (£36.99-£45) have been doing very well. Hunter’s Field range (£94.99-£150) have also been a good seller – its boots are suitable for a variety of occasions, from hiking to festivals. Dr Martens has also been a particularly good seller recently – the shoe styles (£85) gained popularity towards the summer season. Business has been steady throughout the year.
Katie Blundell Owner of Unique Feet in Buxton
Birkenstock has been a great seller recently. The brand’s sneakers (£75-£195) were more popular earlier in the year and the sandals (£24-£75) have sold well as we move into the summer months. Birkenstock offers on-trend, comfortable shoes in a huge range of colours and designs, which appeal to all. Fly London is another brand that’s doing well for us, particularly the sandals (£70-£90). Business throughout the year has been up and down – a festival in the local area significantly improved business for us but we have seen a slight drop in sales since then.
Melanie Heller Area manager of Cara in Richmond, London
Many of our own brands have been selling well this season, particularly the Margarita sandals (£45-£80) and embroidered Nolita trainers (£50-£95.) Other styles that have been increasingly popular are our Atlas sandals (£39-£55). Superga trainers (£55-£60), offer fun prints and metallic styles, which sold well in the run-up to festival season. The improved weather has been good for business.