Whether you're in search of sparkly stilettos or sturdy sneakers, London is head and feet above the rest. From the world's biggest shoe deparment to quirky boutiques, we've rounded up the capital's ultimate footwear finds.
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Church's has been around for years, so long in fact that they were one of the first companies to distinguish between left and right feet and design shoes accordingly. Worn by politicians, celebrities, diplomats and probably James Bond, Church's classic styles are a true investment. The Regent Street store is well worth a visit to chat with the knowledgeable staff and soak up that irresistible smell of expensive leather.
Design & Alter
In one of the arches beneath the Battersea Park railway line lives a bespoke tailor, Design & Alter. In this workshop a team creates and reworks pieces for major fashion brands and catwalk shows, as well as private clients. If you've found the perfect vintage leather jacket, but it doesn't sit right, Design & Alter's team can make it fit like a glove. Or if you've got a tired old ’80s dress that's too puffy to be seen out any more but you love the fabric, you can bring it here to have it restyled into something contemporary. Of course you can also start afresh with a made-to-measure suit or dress. They have a sister company, Bride & Alter, offering specialist bridal tailoring and wedding dress alterations.
Venue says: “'Once you find a good tailor, do not give away his name. A good tailor is worth every penny.' - Nina Garcia”