The quality of one shoe by Ravel and another by Patrick Cox cannot be compared. The Ravel shoe is not as well made, and the leather is not high quality; if you want a shoe that will last more than one winter, invest pounds 125 in the plain black leather Cox version. However, at pounds 39.99, the Ravel brogue is a short-term answer to the vexing question of how to wean yourself off comfortable trainers or chunky boots to look glamorous (from the knees down, at least) this winter.
For Ravel mail order and inquiries, ring 071-631 0224; Patrick Cox, 8 Symons Street, London SW3.
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