For shoe enthusiasts the Holy Grail (well, besides nabbing Carrie Bradshaw’s covetable closet from Sex and the City) is discovering exclusive handmade shoes and unique designs. A magical shoetique called the The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes exists in Sydney’s tony Surry Hills suburb and is like Carrie’s fictional shoe boudoir IRL (in real life).
In keeping with the Sex and the City style, The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes involves a love story as well. Alun Evans (the “cook”) and Regina Evans (the “wife”) are the dynamic duo behind the boutique. Alun Evans has a long decorated history in the Sydney food scene having helmed posts in kitchens as diverse as Toko, The Sardine Room (now The Herring Room) at Potts Point and Brewtown. In true romantic fashion Alun encouraged his wife to open the shoe heaven of her dreams and has supported her in that endeavor after repeatedly hearing how discouraged she was at the lack of bespoke shoe offerings in Sydney. The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes opened its doors in 2012, and has been lovingly helping fashionistas find their sole mates ever since.
You can book a complimentary shoe fitting at The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes’ shop. The fittings, which last approximately 30 minutes, are offered during weekdays and non-holidays. You can easily book an appointment online by filling out The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes’ bookings form (a nice touch if you’re visiting Sydney from outside the country) or by phoning the boutique.
While we didn’t partake in a shoe fitting, little birdies tell us that your 30 minutes involve a pot of luxury tea as well as the latest heels served to you, quite literally, upon a polished silver platter.
The shop is filled with eclectic and hard to find styles. There are downright decadent olive green booties from Intropia (a handmade brand out of Spain) and striped pumps from M Missoni that are crafted in Portugal. Elegant Italian stockings and whimsical socks rest on vintage tables while shelves are stocked with the latest tomes dedicated to stilettos and shoes from around the globe.
If you’re looking for a shoe experience delivered alongside the highest form of customer service (one made up of passion and a love for shoes), popping into The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes is sure to leave a lasting heel mark on your sole.
The Cook, His Wife & Her Shoes
Unit 3, 538 Crown Street
Surry Hills, New South Wales (NSW) Australia 2010
Hours: Monday 11:00am to 5:30pm, Wednesday Through Saturday 11:00am to 5:30pm, Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm (Public Holidays Noon to 5:00pm)
Phone: (02) 9319 1587
Pricing (All in Australian Dollars or AUD): $50.00 to $850.00