Online footwear retailer has secured EUR12m (US$17.5m) in additional funding to help accelerate the next stage of the company's growth.

The funding round has been led by Highland Capital Partners and Endeavour Vision, who have been joined by existing investors A Plus Finance and CM-CIC Capital Privé.

Created three years ago, claims over 600 000 regular customers and more than 4m unique visitors.

And in a European market estimated at over EUR50bn it has seen its turnover multiply by 70 over the past three years.

Spartoo operates in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg, selling shoes from 150 top brands including Geox, Converse, Adidas, Timberland and Nike.

The are more than 7 000 styles of women's, men's and children's shoes on its site, available with free delivery and return within 30 days.

" is the clear European market leader in online footwear. I am very excited at the idea of working with this team to make the European Zappos," said Fergal Mullen, general partner, Highland Capital Partners.