Devon LivingIssue #06

Shoe-stopping success

With years of expertise it’s not surprising that White & Son Shoes have taken home the gold.

With a heritage in shoes spanning four generations, White & Son Shoes bring a wealth of expertise to their store in Sidmouth. The present owner Steve White’s great grandfather established the company in Dorchester in the early 1880’s and since then the shop has continued to go from strength to strength.

“We are immensely proud to have received such a sought-after award”

Earlier this year, the very best from across the footwear sector met at the seventh Annual Footwear Industry Awards 2018. And White & Sons Shoes Sidmouth were among those lucky enough to take home a gold award, clinching the top spot in the Ladies Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year category. Owner Steve White and Manageress Anne tell us: “We are immensely proud to have received such a sought-after award, for an independent shop in Sidmouth to be voted the Ladies Independent Retailer of the Year against the best shops in the UK is a huge achievement for us.”

White & Son Shoes offer an incredible selection of quality footwear, stocking instantly recognisable brands such as: Hotter, Rieker, Josef Seibel, Ecco and the award-winning Sketchers, which are joined by carefully selected brands from the very best manufacturers in the world. The company also has an enviable reputation as a fitter for DB Wider Fitting shoes with customers travelling from far and wide to tap into the knowledge and expertise that can only be gained from years in the supply of quality footwear.

The true value of shopping at an independent shoe shop is the range of brands and styles available and The White & Sons team personally hand-pick every shoe featured in the shop. Anne tells us: “Our team visit all the major footwear exhibitions, carefully selecting shoes and sandals that will bring that comfortable smile to your face.” Sidmouth, often considered the jewel in the east Devon crown, offers a unique mixture of independent shops and the Ladies Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year award firmly puts White & Son Shoes at the very top of the footwear shopping experience. Owner Steve White sums it up perfectly stating: “White & Son Shoes is a shoe shop, not a shop that sells shoes.”


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In recognition of their expertise, DB Shoes have awarded the status of Diamond Stockist to White & Son Shoes, a measure of the high regard this family owned shoe shop is held in.

"We are immensely proud to have received such a sought-after award"