Category Archives: Shoe Shops

The Public Benefit Boot Co and Lennards

The Public Benefit Boot Co The Public Benefit Boot Co – what a name! It makes an overt claim to altruistic philanthropy, something that was often little more than a cynical advertising ploy for Victorian businessmen. Multiple branch retailing was … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Freeman, Hardy & Willis

Introduction Boot and shoe dealers were amongst the first chains of shops to emerge in the mid-to-late 19th century. Many sprang up when footwear manufacturers decided to eliminate the middleman and sell their products direct to customers through their own … Continue reading

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