Originally Posted by Loathing
Just go to the Churchs store at Bicester. It only takes an hour to get there, less of you have a car and are comfortable driving at 100mph
. You can even ring up in advance to ask what they have on offer. Prices are from £150 upwards, but there's normally a very good selection I'm the £190 bracket.
And if you don't go on a weekend when the traffic frequently ends up tailing back to the M40! At weekends, I suspect it would actually be quicker to take the train from London, regardless of however illegally fast you drive. :)
I live in Oxford, and still make a point of never going at weekends; it changes a 20 minute drive into at least a 45 minute journey and up to an hour. Most of which is the last couple of miles. The new roundabouts and speed restrictions near Bicester are unlikely to be making things easier. BTW, if you're a frequent Bicester visitor, you might be interested to know they're going to take over the large Tesco site just next door for even more retail space (Tesco's is going to move across the road, also into a bigger location, I'm guessing possibly to the area behind the petrol station). No news yet as to which new brands will arrive to fill that massive extra space, or whether it will be used to add some more desperately needed parking. Whatever, more space will make the traffic even more awful at the weekend, though of course both Tesco and the Village are claiming it will reduce congestion...
... I miss the old days when no-one seemed to know about its existence and there were bargains galore...
I just got an email from the vilage saying they've opened a British Designers Collective menswear shop, and Grenson are one of the brands sold there. Sounds like outlet prices for at least some shoes there are about 40-50% off retail, so if they have any dress shoes, it could be a good option. I'll probably visit some time over the next month or so (E.Tautz is also being sold in that new shop, as are Richard James, Sunspel and Folk and I'm curious to see what they have in stock in those brands).