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Our high streets and cities have also been affected by the removal of decent car parking. Where we live car parking is being reduced and the land used for building new hotels and shops!  I rarely went into the town, preferring to go to the out of town shopping areas where there is adequate free parking. 

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Indeed. A much better looking building than the 60s monstrosity which replaced it.

Eric’s shoe shop was next door to Flints newsagents which was owned by my wife’s grandparents. The shops here did very well as they got a lot of footfall from Players factories.

Looking at those photos of Maid Marion Way brought back memories of Brentford Nylons. Whilst searching through some drawers recently I came across some of their products. Several sheets, pillow cases

I remember all those fantastic shoes shops on Clumber Street and Long Row. They were my second home in the 1960s! I am sure you are right about Manfreds Stavertongirl although it's a name I had forgotten until I read your post.

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Those shoe shops were great fun. I have very small feet, size 3, so at sale time there would be rich pickings! It got ridiculous in the late 70s and 80s, as I had so many boxes of shoes, many of which I hardly ever wore.  It was 4 inch heels in those days. Now, it's ballet flats! Getting owd!  Happy memories. Friends always complained they could never find any size 5s in the sale. Tough. As the song says, "Your feet's too big!"

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There was, indeed, CT.  To me, they all seemed better than Clays,  Erics and the sensible clodhopping shoes of my childhood! My father used to shake his head in despair after insisting I wore sensible shoes but I'd already ruined my feet through ballet. My teacher wouldn't tolerate anyone wearing heels, though. "Get those heels off! You'll shorten your Achilles tendon!"

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First time I've heard Erics mentioned in years, it was a relatives shop yet I never went in or bought shoes from there.

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Erics always had a glittering display of dancing shoes in the front window. Silver, sparkling ballroom shoes. Oh, how I coveted some of those as a child. No chance. My chosen dance form was ballet, so black practice shoes, pink satin examination shoes and heavier duty shoes for national and character dance came from The Sign Of Four. They were expensive! My mother wasn't buying silver lurex ballroom shoes as well.

 

During teenage years, I graduated to pink, satin pointe shoes or blocks, as they were known.  Made singly, not in pairs, they moulded to the individual foot and, when new, we marked them L and R on the sole! Ye gods, was that painful to start with. Toes bled. Sticking your bleeding feet in a bowl of surgical spirit was the recommended way to harden them off. Ballet is not for wimps.

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Was one of the shoe shops in town called Bally? I used to love their shoes but they always seemed a bit more expensive than other shops.

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2 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

they all seemed better than Clays,  Erics and the sensible clodhopping shoes of my childhood! "

 

2 hours ago, Brew said:

First time I've heard Erics mentioned in years, it was a relatives shop yet I never went in or bought shoes from there.

 

Never heard of Erics before.

 

Who/what/where were they ?

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The one I knew was on the corner of Alfreton Road/Hartley Road, opposite Bentinck School and in the same block as Flints Sweetshop.  I think there may have been others elsewhere. They were a shoe shop. If memory serves me correctly, green fascia with E R I C S in reddish lettering. They were there for many years.

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On 4/8/2012 at 12:13 PM, jackson said:

Hi Mick, I'm back to the late 50's / early 60's: on one corner was Eric's, opposite was the church, opposite that was the school (Bentinck?) and opposite that was the Alma pub. :smile:

 

On 4/8/2012 at 7:36 PM, Paulus said:

Hi Jackson, you were absolutely spot on with location of Erics, I recall passing on the bus from school to Aspley, down Alfreton Road, & alighting one afternoon tpo meet me mam & gran to get some school, shoes from there, September 1964.......................but I can't recall what I had for dinner last week............

 

On 4/8/2012 at 9:27 PM, denshaw said:

I remember Eric's a bit later. The shop was a new one near the Windmill pub opposite Forest road.

 

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I believe Eric's and Clays both had a lot of seconds. The shoes dad bought for my sister and myself were something like Clarke's seconds. They were good quality and lasted a long time, especially when he'd put segs in the soles and heels!  They lasted too long for my sister who complained that she sounded like a cart horse walking along the pavement. I didn't mind. Did a bit of tap dancing in mine!

 

Dad had a thing about shoes. They had to be good quality, a good fit and well cared for. As children, he was always polishing his own shoes and ours! Something to do with being in the forces, I think.

 

Every so often, he'd take my sister and I off to buy new shoes. As we walked there, my sister would say, "Dad.....?" with a sort of wheedling intonation.

 

The answer would be immediate, "No!"  :Shock::P

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The best sellers were shoes he went to the factory and bought direct. Every Wednesday (sometimes twice in a week) he travelled to Northampton in his Morris Oxford Estate and loaded it to the gunnels with boxes of shoes, no idea if they were seconds or not but  were very popular so I'm told.

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Eric’s shoe shop was next door to Flints newsagents which was owned by my wife’s grandparents. The shops here did very well as they got a lot of footfall from Players factories.
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Brilliant photo, letsavagoo. I haven't seen that before.

 

The dancing shoes were displayed in the window round the corner, on Hartley Road, which in those days faced the church.

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On 4/13/2021 at 1:06 PM, katyjay said:

Was one of the shoe shops in town called Bally? I used to love their shoes but they always seemed a bit more expensive than other shops.

Bally had a shop on the corner of High Street and Victoria Street. They were nice shoes but a bit "continental" for my taste. I'm a Tricker's - built like Northampton battleships - wearer.

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17 hours ago, bamber said:

Bally had a shop on the corner of High Street and Victoria Street. They were nice shoes but a bit "continental" for my taste. I'm a Tricker's - built like Northampton battleships - wearer.

The shoes I wore for my wedding were made by Bally.  I bought them in a sale because I don't think I would have been able to afford them otherwise as I seem to remember they were quite an expensive brand. I have a vague recollection that I bought them from Jessops.

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