A little bit of History...
In 1978 Dawne Gutteridge opened CRISPINS Shoes in Chiltern Street ,London W1, specialising in elegant shoes for larger sizes and named it appropriately after St Crispins, the patron saint of shoemakers.
Canadian born, Dawne came to England in the 1960s and settled happily in London. She shortly came across a problem she had not encountered back home. In England she could not find fashionable shoes to fit her size 9 feet. In total frustration and “virtually bare-foot”, she decided to tackle the problem herself.
Initially shoe manufactures were dubious and did not believe there was a market for fashionable quality shoes over size 8. It was an uphill struggle, but gradually she persuaded their designers to make beautiful shoes in Crispins’ larger sizes.
Research proved there were vast numbers of women and young girls with long feet who had never been able to find well-designed shoes in larger sizes…
Since those early days Crispins has flourished. Every year our dedicated buying team travels extensively throughout Europe and America seeking new manufacturers who will make high quality, comfortable and fashionable shoes and boots so every season we can introduce an exciting new collection assembled from top international designers.
Over the years the company has built up a reputation for individual customer care and understanding of the particular needs of our clientele. For visitors to the shop the personal service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes buying shoes a real pleasure.
About our plus size shoes...
Our plus size shoes come from the best manufacturers in Italy, Spain, America and France. When making our selection we stress the importance of fit, craftsmanship and quality, and that’s why Crispins’ shoes are made of the finest leathers and suede carefully chosen to ensure maximum comfort and luxury.
We also emphasise the importance of proper shoe care and are always happy to give advice. Everything needed to give shoes a longer life is available, from colour creams to shoe care for special finishes.
In addition, at Crispins Shoes you will find a unique selection of matching handbags and evening bags as well as length tested opaque and patterned tights, knee highs and stockings for day and evening.
Sizes and fittings…
Finding stylish shoes when you are larger than a size 7 has never been easier. At CRISPINS you will discover a beautiful range of flattering footwear in hard-to-find narrow AA fittings in sizes 7-10(English) and standard B/C fittings in sizes 7.5-13(English). Please remember that we stock half sizes as well.
Buying from us…
Buying from CRISPINS couldn’t be simpler
– call us on 0207 486 8924 and speak to one of our friendly, experienced and helpful members of staff. We are always available Monday to Friday 10-6. Out of hours there is an answering machine, so please leave a message and we will call you back.
- shop 24/7 on our website at www.crispinsshoes.com
- visit our shop at 28-30 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QG where you can see and try our full range of shoes, bags and length tested hosiery. When looking for a specific style or colour that is not featured on the website or in our catalogue, please ask a member of staff as we do have more shoes available in the shop.