I have never walked into a Ravel shop up until yesterday when I was on a summer shopping spree. The reason is that normally, the shop looked too posh and their sales personnels looked too intimidating. There was this big sign outside the Ravel shop in Nottingham saying most shoes were sold for £15 each. So, I decided to venture in and boy was I glad I did! I was specifically looking for a pair of black leather boots and of course I nabed the best looking one as fast as I can before the other pushy customers could get their hands on them. I overheard a sales girl talking to another sales girl, "where did all this people come from?". So, I guess this sale is a real bargain seeing so many people are obviously buying them by the bulk. I noticed the other shoes which were not on sale were quite reasonably priced as well as being up-to-date looking with attention to details. I have always thought that shoes from Ravel were pricey but in fact, they are cheaper than Nine West where I used to buy my boots. I don't know, somehow, the Nine West store looks more inviting? Compared to other high-street shoe stores, their quality is unrivaled. So why not pop into Ravel this weekend? You might be hooked!
The designers at Ravel clearly have a keen interest in catwalk trends - Ravel is often one of the first high street stores to pick up on high fashion looks, and manages to do so at an affordable price. The shoes are well made and the materials used are usually good quality. I have always liked the fact that Ravel's shoes reveal an attention to detail which is often lacking in other high street shoe shops. This means that the shoes from Ravel often look equal if not superior to other more expensive brands. One challenge which Ravel perhaps faces is the rapid improvement which has occurred in the shoe departments of high street fashion stores such as Top Shop and River Island. When you buy shoes from a fashion shop it is very easy to coordinate a whole outfit or look with your shoes, whereas when buying from a shop such as Ravel you may end up with a pair of great shoes which unfortunately do not go with anything else in your wardrobe! However, Ravel does of course provide a larger selection of styles than fashion stores and therefore will always be a part of my shopping trips!! To my mind there is only one problem with Ravel - the childrens section!! Though I find the little kiddies shoes incredibly cute, do not venture near the shop in the school holidays or you will be distracted from your shoe hunting by irritable children shouting "but mummy I want the pink shoes!!". Of course if you do want to buy some cute, trendy kids shoes, head to Ravel and please ignore my rather cynical attitude!