On a recent trip to the Kingfisher Centre in Redditch we popped into Humphries as Andrew D G. wanted to get some new boots. Its an independent shoe shop and has a lovely traditional feel to it. Its packed to the rafters with an amazing array of different brands, both traditional and contemporary- Clarks, Doc Martens etc.
After looking around for a while we were approached by a very friendly member of staff who asked what kind of thing we were looking for. After choosing a pair of Clarks brogue type boots we sat and waited whilst she went to fetch them in the right size. Whilst Andy was trying on the shoes the assistant made pleasant conversation and offered advice on whether the boots he had selected would be as robust as a pair of Doc Martens he also had his eye on. The advice given was honest, practical and worthwhile - am not sure you would get such advice in one of the more mainstream shoe shops. Proces were fair - for example the Doc Martens were £15 cheaper than we had seen online. I also noticed that they sold some very expensive mens footwear (i didnt look at the ladies as i wasnt buying), i cant remember the brand name but the boots were £200+ so am guessing they were some top quality leather boots!
The old fashioned feel may put off those who love their shops like Schuh but id highly recommend a look - we both remarked on how good the service was when leaving which i cant remember ever doing in a shoe shop before.
A final word covering the Kingfisher Centre as a whole - we tend to go here when we are looking for clothes/shoes etc as its so much cheaper to park than in Birmingham ( we were there for 3+ hours and it cost £2.50. Ive never had a problem finding a parking space either - all good!!
Independant store with a very large range, this store has been in Redditch for many generations and offers the advantage of stocking shoes from a variety of manufacturers.
Childrens section is often busy but worth the wait as they stock Start rite alongside clarks, lelli kelly, elephanten and many other familiar names. Staff are well trained to deal with even the most uncooperative of small children and are willing to listen to both parent and child on shoe needs.
Store also has a wide selection of occasional shoes, mens shoes and keeps up with shoe fads stocking lines such as Crocs.
A well maintained store with a traditional feel to it.
A great shoe shop with the feel of a family store with old fashioned values. The childrens section is always busy but the staff know their stuff so its worth waiting. There are normally some great offers on sale shoes. They also sell Radley bags and have a good range that changes regularly. A shop that sells both traditional practical shoes along with trendier options.
I recently moved to Redditch and love this shop, theres a few brands to choose from and the childrens fitting service is great. All the staff are friendly and really took the time when we went there recently for my daughters shoes. Maybe needs some sort of number system when it's busy as we found it hard to be served in the summer holidays.
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