Shopping in Stoke on Trent

There are three main shopping centre’s throughout Stoke on Trent.

The biggest being the Potteries Shopping Centre. This is situated in Hanley town centre. The Potteries Shopping Centre mainly consists of fashion chain stores including Next, Top Shop, New Look and River Island, but does also have a few independent stores. There is also a Debenhams department store attached to this shopping centre, where you can find designer and high street clothes shoes and accessories along with perfume, make up, homewares, electrical goods, children’s clothing and toys etc.

The Potteries Shopping Centre is a great day out for anyone who loves to shop, you can get your dose of retail therapy, and stop for a spot of lunch and a coffee at one of the many coffee shops through out the centre including Starbucks and Costa. Later in the day after a hard day’s shop you may need a sugar boost, The Potteries Shopping Centre has a Millies Cookie Stand for a tasty afternoon treat.

Opening times for the Potteries Shopping Centre are 9.00am until 5.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Thursday is the late night opening, the hours are 9.00am until 8.00pm. Sunday the opening hours are 10.00am until 4pm, and on Bank Holidays the hours are 10.00am until 5.00pm.

There is plenty of parking spaces available on the Potteries Shopping Centre Multi Storey Car Park. There are 1200 spaces available including disabled and mother and baby spaces. Costs for the car park are £1.20 per hour, and then after 4pm weekdays it is only £1.50 for the duration, on a Sunday it is also only £1.50 for the duration of your stay.

For something a bit different, the Potteries Shopping Centre also hosts many events over the year including activities for the family. Lots of cartoon characters have paid the Potteries Centre a visit over the years including Peppa Pig and The Tweenies. Have a look at their website for the latest events.

Freeport Talke is an out of town outlet store based in Talke, just off the A500 in Stoke on Trent. They have a range of outlet stores including Marks and Spencers, where you can browse their latest offering at factory reduced prices, the Designer Room which as many fashion brands at low prices, also Gap, Madhouse and Claire’s Accessories.

There is not just clothes shops available at Freeport Talke, other stores include Denby Pottery, Nike Factory outlet, and Thorntons (our personal favourite!!).

New to Freeport Talke is Costa Coffee, they have just been voted the nations favourite coffee shop, so if you fancy a break with a nice cup of coffee, and maybe even a nice piece of cake, Costa is on hand.

If you decide to take the kids with you, they can have some time out as well with the Zennz Kiddies Play area. This play area is suitable for children aged from 12 months to 11 years. There are lots for them to do including ball pools, slides, swings and dress up areas.

The opening times for Freeport Talke are Monday, Tusday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.00am until 6pm, Thursdays 10.00am until 8.00pm, Sundays 11.00am until 5pm and Bank Holidays 10.00am until 6.00pm.

There is ample, free outdoor parking available at Freeport Talke with 650 spaces including disabled and mother and baby parking. There is also 10 coach spaces available if you decide to come by the coach load!

There is also a shopping centre in Newcastle under Lyme. The Roebuck Centre hosts stores including Next, Dorothy Perkins, and Bon Marche. There is also a Clarke’s Shoes situated inside The Roebuck Centre as well as the Stoke City Football Club shop.

The Roebuck Centre is situated in the heart of the market town of Newcastle under Lyme, it has its own Cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks at reasonable prices.

The Roebuck Centre plays a key role in a lot of the local festivals including the traditional Christmas Markets and the Newcastle Jazz festival.

Opening times for The Roebuck Centre are Monday to Saturday 9.00am until 6pm and Sunday 9.30am until 4.30pm.

There is a car park available on site, it has 655 spaces and costs from 70p.

Italian Shoes Made in China

Most of us don’t associate “Made in China” with luxury brands or designer brands, but the more Italian shoes you like that are actually made in China. You might not find the tag in the shoe saying that.

Especially in the current economic market, sales of luxury goods have declined significantly and some designer brands suffer. One of the most effective ways to cut costs is by moving base operations abroad, and China provides one of the most attractive markets to open stores.

The fact that “American” or “European” shoes made in China is not a secret. Nike has long been associated with “Made in China” shoes; In fact, about one in three Nike shoes are equipped with a “Made in China” sticker. This compromise is more difficult for designer brands like Chanel, Prada and Armani who have built their brand success on “European expertise” through and through. One of the reasons why someone spends 300 extra dollars buying Prada shoes is because they want a European piece of art. They want to believe that what they buy is the real deal – Italian leather shoes built by someone who knows and loves the art of shoe making, not by factory workers in China.

So which company jumped over the continent? Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Bally and Prada, to name a few brands. But not all of these companies are willing to publicize this new operating base. In fact, in some of these shoes you will find the label “Made in Italy” where maybe the label “Made in China” instead. This is possible thanks to a number of highly flexible labeling laws that base product labels at the end point of production. So shoes made in China will have leather soles installed in Italy and Voila! Legally “Made in Italy” shoes.

That does not mean that these shoes are of poorer quality than when produced in Europe. His claim is that workers in China are fast and precise. That is, they are able to make high quality shoes in less time and with less money.

According to Giorgio Bonacarso – a supplier of chemicals that sells products to Chinese factories that produce Italian shoes – nine out of 10 Italian luxury shoe companies now make at least part of their shoes in China. You, the consumer, might not realize it, and that’s because designer brands are afraid of reactions and loss of images that make them stand out from the pack in the first place.

Getting Exact Performance Running Shoes

What is the best running shoe or cross-trainer for you? Depends on many factors and you need to ask yourself a few questions first. It would be easy to outfit every foot in the world with running shoes for men if every athlete’s feet were exactly the same. Since every foot is different, and every runner or athlete is different, it goes without saying that you need to get the shoe that is just right for you.

Finding the high performance running shoes does not have to be difficult, but you need to ask yourself some questions. What kind of sport you do, where you workout, how many times a week, your age, your relative health, your level of fitness, your dedication to working out, all of these factors come into play when picking out the right running shoes.

Have you lost weight? Are you recovering from a disability? Are you training for the Olympics? This last one is just pie in the sky imagination. If you’re from a backward and poor isolated country, if you are competing for an Olympic medal you will have had your shoes selected for you by a team of scientist, that is unless you are from Kenya and run barefoot. Finding the best running footwear need not be that difficult.

If you are an average American man somewhere between 34 and 56 years of age and you are selecting your running shoes for your early morning jog around the park, then you can probably just go to your local Foot Locker and pick out a pair of Reeboks or Nikes that fit your feet. However, if you’re looking to save money (and who isn’t these days) you can get some of the very same name brand running shoes for women or men at discounters like Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, or your neighborhood facsimile to these stores.

Those superstores have gigantic aisles upon aisles of great running and training footwear for you to choose from. It can be hard coming across your size at these places but if you don’t mind the crowd and have some patience, then you could purchase smart bargains. Marshalls, for instance, carries Nikes, New Balance and even some Reeboks, among other off-brands. They also have a nice selection of hiking sandals. Even BJ’s Warehouse has some great shoe bargains, however a light brand selection.

When it comes to running shoes for men, it is all about comfort. I find that the most comfortable shoes are those without back handles because I have found that this cloth handle hits my Achilles every time due to my foot’s shape. If you have a club foot you may want to shop somewhere else. Those with fallen arches may want to consult your foot doctor first or get prescription insoles.