Top shoe shops named

Shoppers staying in cheap London hotels have been offered the top places to go shoe shopping, by local events experts at Time Out Magazine.

The list of shops hopes to highlight the best buying experiences for shoe lovers in need of retail therapy.

"Whether you're in search of sparkly stilettos or sturdy sneakers, London is head and feet above the rest," explained the group.

"From the world's biggest shoe department to quirky boutiques, we've rounded up the capital's ultimate footwear finds."

Regent Street-based Church's, easily accessible from central London hotels, is listed as the top spot, with the store having made its name years ago and now boasting a clientele of politicians, celebrities and diplomats.

Furthermore, visitors were advised to step in and speak to the knowledgeable staff and enjoy the smell of expensive leather.

World-renowned department store Harrods was also highlighted, including a women's section fitted with gold-seamed marble halls and glass shelves, while the men's section is an "education in old-world glamour".

Visitors can find everything from Gucci to Tom Ford on display alongside orchids and bamboo shoots.

"Weird and wonderful" shoes are available to those who venture into Irregular Choice, located in the heart of Carnaby Street.

In addition to shoes, visitors can snap up a small range of equally unusual clothes.

Those looking for bespoke and interesting designs can take in the offerings at Nicholas Kirkwood.

Championed by established names Isabella Blow and Philip Treacy, the store rotates its entire collection on a three-month basis, with the designer himself seen in store checking over his wares.

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