Although there seem to be a lot of empty shops in Bridge Road at present - a sign of these tough times (as we keep being told!) - it seems that those who are Imelda shoe-a-holicks like me have kept virtually all the shoe shops open for business.
|Shoes, shoes glorious shoes - nothing quite like it for removing the blues!|
Now I'm not one who normally 'checks on the rubbish left by my clients' but I do pop my head inside the recycle bin (!!) - on its way to the street on garbage collection day. I'm always fascinated by the number of shoe boxes en route for recycling. It seems that shoes (both male and female, big and small) are on the priority lists of most guests while staying at the Cottage.
|A stack of shoe boxes|
One regular client always arrives for her annual visit with a large empty suitcase which returns home with her full to the brim. I can't put her in the survey of shoe boxes because she advises that she leaves them at the shop - the boxes not the shoes! Of course she keeps enough space for other essential items like clothes!
|Shoes for every man, woman and child|
So here is a list of some of the 'local' shoe shops currently selling their wares in Richmond.
BRIDGE ROAD: Working from Punt Road to Church Street
Bennetts Wide Calf Boots - 8 Bridge Road
Alberto Piazza - 69 Bridge Road
Alberto Piazza - 75 Bridge Road - clearanceCrocs - 79 Bridge Road
Gorman - 92 Bridge Road
Nine West - 109 Bridge Road
Claudia - 125 Bridge Road
Batsanis - 130 Bridge Road - men
Zu - 138 Bridge Road
Aquila - 158 Bridge Road - men and women
Betts - 177 Bridge Road
Hype - 192 Bridge Road
Novo - 216 Bridge Road
Wittners - 240 Bridge Road - this is not their outlet store (see the Swan Street list)Rivers - Richmond Plaza (where Coles is located - Cnr Chapel St and Bridge Road) outlet
SWAN STREET: From Lennox to Church Street
Wittner - 122-126 Swan Street - outlet
Diana Ferrari - 95 Swan St - outlet
Of course I'm sure I've missed some! Or it maybe that by the time you read this the shop may have moved or closed. Suffice to say there is an enormous choice and the prices.... Just remember to leave your boxes at the shop or the shoe-box-survey-police will be counting the boxes in the yellow recycle bin!