A guide to finding formal shoes in London

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

With the Charity Ball just around the corner, every Cinderella needs her perfect glass slipper. London has many options, but where can you find the right fit at the last minute?

Formal shoes for women are available in various styles, including stiletto, platform, wedge heels, sling-backs, pumps and ballet flats. When deciding which style to wear, you should evaluate your formal look carefully. Is it simple and elegant or fancy and complex? Buy the dress first; it is much easier to match your shoes with your dress than the other way around. As for colour, black is always classy and complements dark colours.

When it comes to the size of your heel, a higher heel slims and lengthens the legs. However, a kitten heel, at two inches tall, provides more comfort and stability.

In London, we are fortunate to have two large shopping malls. This alone can help make finding the perfect pair of formal shoes easier, regardless of where you live in the city. Aldo Shoes offers women’s and men’s shoes, ranging from casual to formal. Their collection is up to date with the latest trends, and offers a large variety of original styles. Aldo has locations at both White Oaks shopping mall, and Masonville Place.

For name brand enthusiasts, Town Shoes has a collection of designer stilettos for a higher price than Aldo. Steve Madden, BCBG, and Jessica Simpson’s lines are all available at Town Shoes in Masonville Place.

If you are still having trouble finding the right pair of shoes, Spring, formerly known as Transit, has a collection and atmosphere similar to Aldo Shoes. It is currently promoting its “up to 70 per cent off” sale. It is located at Masonville; however, if a shopping mall is not what you’re looking for, Spring/Transit can also be found at 1105 Wellington Rd.

Another advantage in the Charity Ball shoe selection process is the timing of the event. The New Year has just begun, and for most retailers, this is the time for big blowout sales and promotions. Take advantage of the offers in stores.

Finally, remember " you’ll spend most of the night dancing, so keep it comfortable. Don’t be afraid to bring a different pair of shoes for dancing.

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