The Old Curiosity Shop
I am a New Yorker with a horrible secret. I think London’s the greatest city in the world. I love it so much, I want to marry it. It’s charming, yet cool. It’s historical but it never bores me. It’s a magic place where people fly around using only umbrellas and everyone’s a writer and tea is great! Not true facts, but let me have this ok?
And nestled in London, on a street where Charles Dickens himself once lived, sits The Old Curiosity Shop. It looks like it should be called “Ye Olde Shoppe of Curiosity.” Yes, I know it’s 2012, but once you walk in? The year is anyone’s guess.
Home to designer Daita Kimura and the most breathtaking collection of handmade shoes you might ever find outside an enchanted shoe forest (this is a thing that exists, trust me), The Old Curiosity Shop blends haute design with the treasure-hunting vibe of the best vintage stores or your grandmother’s attic.
Now a designated historical spot, the store’s been standing since 1567 and is said to have inspired the Dickens novel of the same name. Today, it’s an old-timey architectural wonder where creaky floorboards and narrow staircases beckon. But don’t let that fool you. The structure survived The Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Second World War’s Blitz bombings of 1940 and 1941. This building is legit.
But let’s get back to the shoes, shall we? Kimura has been in residence since 1992, crafting truly unique designs for both men and women. What will you find? Shiny leather oxfords, cool “hog-toed” boots, colorful unisex sneakers—classic shapes with modern details that can live in anyone’s wardrobe. I am personally begging for the Eley Kishimoto laceups: “Please, sir. I want some more.” Yes, I know this quote is from a different Dickens novel, but I’m a blogger not a scholar.
The shop may only exist in a magical lil’ nook of what I think is the most magical city on earth, but luckily for those who don’t share my urban obsession, you can shop online! There is justice in the world!
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by Chrissie Grübel