Long before the days of Sex and the City and the watching of Carrie Bradshaw’s predilection to designer shoes, I was a little obsessed myself. Unfortunately not being as deep of pocket as our heroine I contented myself with the best of the commercial market, helped no end by a stint in a shoe shop where I could wander the shelves trying on to my hearts content and indulging myself in the sales with the addition of my staff discount, it was bliss.
Now my heels are lower and in some ways, with responsibilities, my purse is tighter but when hubby told me about Selfridges shoe department I gave a huge intake of breath, ‘the biggest shoe department in the world?’ I stuttered and then my jaw dropped and my eyes glazed over.
35,000 sq ft of shopping space devoted to shoes. 35,000 !!!! Eeeek. Thousands and thousands of shoes.
Fortunately for me, this was half an hour before closing! So it was just a quick stroll around, it was fascinating to see high street brands such as Topshop, Office and All Saints give way to designers such as L K Bennett, Kurt Geiger and Tods, then to stroll through to the designer rooms where shoes by Stella McCartney, Chloe and Marc Jacobs are perched. Just when you think that you can’t hyperventilate any further there are 11 boutiques that house designer labels such as Gucci, Louboutin and Chanel, there are over a 150 brands to coo over. Oooh I could spend a long time here, possibly having had my credit card removed by hubby before entering, lest I spend our life savings in one gloriously decadent moment of madness.