A recent interview I did for BIPC Newcastle as part of their High Street Heros Instagram series and my top piece of advice...
I wrote something, it has nothing to do with shoes but I wrote it anyway...
I know we have a lockdown for all the right reasons and I am sticking to the rules but these posts telling me all the positives about lockdown are driving me mad. These are my honest views - don’t read on if you are wanting your daily dose of positivity!
What they say vs the truth according to me
It's sale time now for us - we only have two sales a year so they are always pretty spectacular and our customers love them nearly as much as we love making space for all the new stock as everything gets sold!
These are my favourite sale tips that I always share at this time of year;
- Remember that we still have a few months of nice weather to go (hopefully) so if you spot a good sandal or shoe in the sales snap it up, you will get to wear it now and then it can be packed away ready for next summer too.
- Only buy things that fit - leather will ‘soften’ around your feet and shape to fit you if it is snug around your foot but a shoe will never grow any longer so it is not a bargain if your toes are curled up or falling over the end!
- Take advantage of reductions on accessories such as handbags and scarves - these are often not as ‘seasonal’ as other items and will be suitable for any time of year.
- Only buy things you love … this is the most important one. Do you love it should come first, closely followed by will you wear it and does it fit?
We recently won an award which was a huge surprise but also fantastic news for us all at Finale and our customers too. This is the article written by Ian Wylie with all the details that appeared in our local magazine;
Top National Award For Northumberland Village Shop
Cluster of Corbridge independent businesses thriving despite national High Street trend.
A village shop in Northumberland at the heart and ‘sole’ of the local community has won a top national award.
Finale Shoes and Accessories of Corbridge was named Fashion Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year at the 2019 Footwear Industry Awards in Birmingham.
Baby its cold outside...Well despite a mild start it seems we are finally having a 'proper' Winter - I am really pleased. I love wrapping up in scarves and gloves with boots on and I don't want to be having cold drinks instead of a gorgeous hot chocolate because it's too warm outside!
The shoes and boots always look lovely in the shop but it’s nice to have images of them on feet and in different locations too, this helps people imagine how they will fit into their wardrobes and lifestyles. So every season we do a photo shoot, this is one of these things that sounds very glamorous but is actually something we spend ages planning and is pretty hard work but very worth it when you get the shots at the end!
Can you imagine working in Finale and being surrounded by shoes and handbags all day long then having to watch people try them on and look fabulous in them! It is always one of the questions we are asked most often - how do you choose what to have for yourselves each season and what to wear to work?
It's that time of year again, the save the dates and invites are pouring through the door - it must be wedding season!
I wanted to write this blog as we get lots of ladies in the shop looking for shoes, handbags and accessories to match the lovely outfits they have purchased or are about to purchase. We have a wealth of experience in helping our customers find that perfect ‘finale’ to their outfits.