Last week, we shared our miniature Guide to Notting Hill in a Weekend, and Style By Portobello’s founder (and long term resident) Nzinga Russell shared her tips on the best places to eat, drink and shop. Nzinga also gave us a little tip about one of her favourite vintage shops, 282 Portobello Road…“If you’re looking for vintage shops then 282 Portobello Road is the place. Owner, Claudia, has the best eye for what will suit you.”
282 Portobello Road is a trove of amazing one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s the type of shop you walk into not intending to spend, but then you’ll find yourself walking out with the type of garments that will have everyone you know asking “Where did you get that from?”
And when it comes to vintage shoes? You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Walking into Claudia’s shop is like opening a treasure chest of the most amazing vintage loafers, vintage brogues, boots and heels – all of which are in amazing condition.
As much as we love vintage fashion, we admit that shopping for vintage shoes isn’t easy and can be off-putting for even the most avid vintage shoppers; sizing can be a major issue with vintage footwear (trying on in store is essential) and quality can be a problem when you factor in natural wear and tear. Because of this, most vintage boutiques focus their product range on clothing and outerwear. That’s why shops like 282 Portobello Road are so wonderfully rare…
The truth about vintage footwear is that they are often much better quality than the throwaway shoes of today. Handmade and hand finished, vintage shoes are built to last and last. Claudia’s vintage shop offers a huge (and ever growing) collection of one-off vintage shoes in every size; if you’ve got a thing for real leather loafers, high quality handmade brogues or gorgeous leather boots, this is the place you need to check out in London.
Pop in and see Claudia and don’t forget to follow 282 Portobello Road on Instagram if you want a sneak peek into the world of Notting Hill life; Claudia loves to post daily photos of her most stylish customers so it’s a fantastic account for vintage style inspiration, and we just love it!
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