Now I’ve hummed and hawed over this one, because even at sale time, Hobbs isn’t the cheapest shop out there. I’m on a terrific savings binge right now; I’ve bought just one pair of new shoes this year and look! I’m still standing. The idea that I would even venture into my nearest Hobbs is enough to make grab the sides of my streamlined bank statement and chortle with bitter-tinged mirth.
So this entry is more of a window shop than a tip-off for yours truly, because the truth is: I’m a Hobbs shoeholic. Even now, the inclusion of the words “Hobbs”, “shoe” and “sale” in the same sentence sends my heart a-fluttering.
For the uninitiated: Hobbs is a fairly upmarket chain of clothing shops in the UK. The clothes are so-so: there are lots of conservatively-tailored skirts and dresses with matching jackets, targeted at women executives and people who go to posh weddings.
But the shoe section is an extremely well-kept secret. It’s usually at the back of the shop, although you can smell the leather from halfway up. I love Hobbs shoes for these reasons:
- They are of a very good quality. I’m very particular about footwear (an after-effect of working on a fashion magazine, I suppose) and I can spot cheap, nasty clod-hoppers from a mile off. Hobbs shoes are cut from good, thick leather and are properly stitched. They last for a long, long time. The heels are comfortable. They look expensive.
- They come in half sizes.
- At sale time they are halved in price! Hobbs tends to keep the same shoes in stock throughout the season; in my experience, any pairs ogled are likely to end up on the sale rack.
- For some reason – I don’t know why, but I love it all the same – Hobbs shoes have a retro flavour to them. Think: 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. I’m obsessed with vintage fashion, but the vintage shoes are a sore point for me: damn it, people back then had such small feet! Every season, without fail, Hobbs comes up with pretty retro goodies; I’ve got cone heels, Mary Jane buckles and patent crimsons in my closet.
I like the Hobbs website too: you can zoom in on every single shoe to check the quality of the detailing.
I’ve pictured the Joss T Bar shoe here: it’s dark chocolate brown leather with thin white piping, reduced from £129.00 to £49.00. (Gnnnnnnnnrrr: I want these so badly!)
I’m also having crushes on the Halle Strap Sandal , which is a lemon patent wedge heel with a white leather sole (reduced from £119.00 to £39.00), and the Amelie Ballerina pump (reduced from £65.00 to £20.00).
If you are planning to buy a new pair of shoes in the summer sales, I’d recommend a visit.