Shoe department at Selfridges

A look at the world's largest shoe department in London's Selfridges. Photo courtesy of Selfridges

So this is what heaven looks like.

British department store Selfridges has announced that it will open the world's largest shoe department on Sept. 23 -- and StyleList has a sneak peek at the goods.

Located on the award-winning store's second floor, the super-sized "Shoe Galleries" will house more than 4,000 pairs from 120 brands, including 35 new labels and more than 30 exclusive styles designed just for the retailer.

Hubba hubba.

Designed by architect Jamie Fobert, the ground-breaking space will also include 11 "apartment" boutiques for premier labels (Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Prada, Gucci, Tod's, Repetto, Ugg, and Topshop), which will be designed according to the labels' unique style.

For instance, while the Louboutin apartment is modeled after the designer's Paris home, Repetto's will be inspired by a ballet studio, and Fendi's will be based on the fashion house's Roman palazzo.

What else is on hand in this mecca for feet? The French restaurant Aubaine, views of the store's suspended seasonal garden, and six glam shoe salons that feature everything from luxe velvet to industrial concrete and wood as you move through the space.

Shoe department at Selfridges pink couches

Sit back and enjoy the slide! It seems impossible not to try on shoes thanks to the new Selfridges design. Photo courtesy of Selfridges

Now, surely that's worth a plane ride over to the Big Smoke?

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