Starting a Shoe Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Shoe shops supply a variety of footwear for men, women and children. Some specialise in particular types of footwear, such as designer footwear. Others offer a general range of shoes, boots, slippers and sandals for both smart and casual wear.

Most shoe shops also supply footwear accessories, such as insoles, shoe cleaning products and shoe laces, while some stock fashion and practical accessories such as handbags, wallets, scarves and gloves.

Most mid- to high-end shoe shops, particularly those supplying shoes for children, have staff trained to provide a shoe fitting service, while those targeting the 'value' end of the market often display a range of styles and sizes for customers to try on themselves.

The sale of designer shoes and school shoes is covered separately in MBP404, Designer Shoe Shop, and MBP092, Schoolwear Retailer.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a shoe shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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