Find out what’s selling now in the world of contemporary footwear
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Andrew Slater, owner of Andrew Graham Shoes in Manchester
Winter boots have been selling well for us across the board now the weather is colder, but the real standout brands for us have been Rieker (from £59) and Gabor (£80). Trainers from Ecco (£85-£90) are selling nicely for us, too. We’ve seen a big difference in sales over the past couple of weeks, which is thanks to the weather. The cold is just what we needed to boost sales after such a mild October.
Julia Tarlton, owner of Arthur Tarlton in Derbyshire
We’re finding that nothing is selling particularly well at the moment and trade is difficult. More people are choosing to shop online and the uncertainty surround the economy, leaving the European Union and Trump are all factors which stop people from spending. However, I would say that the more reasonably priced boots (£40-£50) from supplier UKD are a hit with customers.
Rachel Berkache, partner of Champley’s Shoes in Pickering, Yorkshire
Tamaris boots (£79), Marco Tozzi boots (£45) and Rieker boots (£70) are all selling well. The weather hasn’t had too much of an impact on our trade, although there has been a definite increase in the amount of winter boots sold.
Gordon Brain, owner of Crichton shoes in Hamilton, Scotland
Jenny by Ara boots (£65-£70) are selling nicely at the moment. In fact boots in general are popular, particularly styles from Rieker (£70) and Gabor (£80). The colder weather has definitely increased trade, but the past couple of months have not been great for us because of constant roadworks.
Steve Allerston, owner of S&J Shoes in Leeds
Boots from Gabor (£80) and Rieker (£70) are both very popular. Caprice boots (£59.99-£120) are selling, too. Customer numbers have been a little low since the opening of the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds, as the John Lewis there has a large stock list of Gabor. But our regular customers are loyal so, honestly, there has been no real difference in trade.
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Darren Clarke, manager at Elliotts of Lymington, Hampshire
Chelsea boots from Sebago (£130) and brogues from Barker Shoes (£200) have been popular throughout the year and continue to sell well. We’re starting to sell more Chelsea boots from Timberland (£130), but we’re expecting to sell even more now we’re getting the colder weather. We haven’t quite got into the winter season yet – sales of waterproof shoes should start to pick up in the wetter months.
Peter Brassington, owner of Brassington Bros in Stoke-on-Trent
The cooler weather has reminded people that they need to start buying their winter shoes. We’re finding that shoes from Dr Martens (£80) are selling very well for us. Tan brogues from Loake (£200) are another hit with customers and casual shoes from Padders (£70) are a steady seller.
Linda Field, owner of Broadland shoes in Norfolk
Shoes from German brands Waldläufer (£80) and Josef Seibel (£80) are both very popular at the moment. Styles from Rieker (from £70) are also selling well. We have seen a difference since the cold weather started – you definitely need it at this time of the year. Our custom is pretty steady at the moment and there is nothing happening in the local area that would affect trade either way
Katherine Mulroney, owner of Westwoods in Cheadle, Manchester
Boots from Rieker (£70) and Skechers boots (£65) are popular. Cat boots (£85-£115) sell well, too. There has been good weather recently, so we’ve seen more people out and about on the high street, but overall our trade remains pretty steady.