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I discovered Mountfords shoe shop years ago, when a foot specialist said get some good walking shoes and pointed me in the direction of Mountfords. A pair of sturdy laceups did the trick, but who knows when one will be heading to work and suddenly decide to get off the tram early and walk a few blocks or start window shopping in Prahran and find oneself in Richmond. It pays to always wear comfortable shoes that go with an outfit.
I have always brought shoes from Mountfords because all of their shoes are great walkers - even their fashionable ones. They sell good European brands that are built to last and not fall apart when you hit the first puddle.
Trouble is, European brands also means European prices and I can normally only afford to go to Mountfords when they have a sale. It is nothing to pay well over $200 for a pair of shoes here. So it was with great relief that I recently spotted their clearance store in Camberwell. Who would have expected it in this upmarket shopping centre?
The shop was crowded when I arrived. Obviously this is a popular outing for many on the prowl for good footwear. The sales assistant told me that the store sells last year's stock or sometimes even stock going back two years. If you don't mind that then the quality was there and there were some great deals to be had.
In general however the size range is relatively good, although a bit about take what is there, style wise. But generally they do go up to size 11-12 in women's fittings so there is a good selection of sizes. There was everything from sandals to boots, including a good range of walking shoes and plenty of heels.
Brands included Geox, Josef Seibel, Tony Bianco, Gabor and Rockpor, Anne Klau, Merrell, and heaps more.
While there were a few pairs of shoes at $25, most of the shoes were around $55 to $75. Most of these were heavily reduced from the original prices tags of $200 - $300.
This clearance centre stocks men's shoes as well. I noticed Julius Marlow shoes for $75, down from $130 which seemed a good deal.
Shoes are arranged on top of boxes and then you can look down the boxes to find your size if it is there.
I went in today to Camberwell only to find that Mountfords Clearance Centre has moved into the city. I shall rewrite the review next time I get into the city to see the clearance centre. Anyway details are: