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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published September 21st 2014
Famous shoes brands at greatly reduced prices
Looking at this photo those leopard skin ones look pretty cool. Looks like I'll have to go back!

It was a bit of a disappointment recently when I turned up at the Mountford's clearance store in Camberwell only to find that it had decamped to Bourke Street in the City.

So I promised myself that next time I was in town I would check it out for WEN readers.

Of course, I wasn't going to buy any shoes. Just check it out.

Managed to get there this week and was pleasantly surprised. The location is central just slightly up the hill in Bourke Street (opposite Priceline) and not far from the Swanston Street tram line. So, therefore easily accessible for most people if they happen to be in town.

And if you work in the city all the better as you can keep an eye out for shoes as they come in. Apparently being a clearance centre they get stock coming in from their other stores every day.

Mountfords is known for its good quality comfortable shoes. It certainly has a number of walking shoes but increasingly also stocks fashionable shoes (that you can actually walk in.)

They sell good European brands that last for years.

They aren't cheap so if you manage to get to this clearance store and snare a pair it is well worth your while in terms of prices.

There were some great looking summer shoes for as low as $20.

Admittedly lots of the prices were higher than this but I guess it just goes to show you that you never know how heavily they are prepared to discount.

Women's brands included:

Anne Klau
Django & Juliette
Fred Smith
Gino Ventori
Josef Seibel
Lp Crockett
Tony Bianco
Top End

While mens' included:

Josef Seibel
Julius Marlow
Laurence Crockett

There were probably equal numbers of shoes for men and women.

I remember thinking that if I was a guy and worked in town this is where I would come for my work and dress shoes. They had loads all polished and pristine.

But sorry, because of my sex and shoe fetish, when I got home I realised I had only managed to get around to photographing the women's shoes.

As you walk in there are several tables spread with desirable footwear. The sign says ask for your size so they do have other stock of these ones.

At the back of the shop are the one off pairs. These have been sent here by all the other Mountford stores because it would be silly of them to hold on to one offs.

These one offs are often in smaller or larger sizes. The shop assistant said that anything in common sizes, from this section, got snapped up quickly.

It is really not my fault that there was not one but two pairs of shoes in my size.

Nor was it my fault that another customer came over and said of the blue and silver shoes I was trying on: "Oh, what gorgeous shoes. They look fabulous on you."

And I am sure she would have pounced on them if I had not purchased them. Well, that is what I convinced myself in any case.

The blue and silver Ara shoes were $75, down from $199.

The taupe toe less shoes were $75 down from $239.

I'm with Oscar Wilde: "Give me the luxuries and I can dispense with the necessities." It's an Aldi rather than a Coles shop again for me this week.

I guess the average price for shoes was $55 but you aren't buying cheap shoes and real leather abounds.

They also had a good range of boots from $100 up. Many had originally been well over $300

They seemed to go up to size 11-12 in women's fittings so there is a good selection of sizes.

You will need to ask a few questions as the shoes are in European sizes but the sales people are great at helping you convert these to Australian sizes.

It has been a good week for me in terms of my passion for handbags and shoes as I also discovered the Siriccio outlet in South Yarra that has great leather handbags from about $50. They also stock some shoes.

So if you like good quality leather, but don't want to pay the earth for it there are two places worth checking out Mountfords for shoes and Sirricco in South Yarra for hand bags and jackets.
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Why? Shoes that will last the years or at least until the next sale.
When: Opening Hours Monday - Thursday 9:00am-5.30pm Friday 9:00am -7.00pm Saturday 9:00am -5.00pm Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Phone: 9654 5999
Where: 231 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000
Cost: From $20
Your Comment
I wondered where that shop moved to from Camberwell, I got some great winter boots a couple of years ago !
I have to admit though the sentence "because of my sex and shoe fetish..." had to be reread a couple of times !! it did make me giggle as I am sure it wasn't suppose to have an intended double meaning !!
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