Smith’s Shoes was founded in 1939 by Wallace Smith. He opened his first shoe store on Main St., in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. In 1955, after serving his country in South Korea, Thomas Smith, Wallace’s son, entered the family business. In 1958, a second store was opened in Market Square Shopping Center, Lafayette, the first suburban shopping center in Indiana. In 1967, an adjacent space was added, making Smith’s Shoes one of the largest shoe stores in Indiana. In 1977, upon graduation from Indiana University, Thomas’s son Garry entered the family business.
Smith’s Shoes remained at Market Square until 2003, when land was purchased by the Smith family, and a multi-room building was constructed on the East side of Lafayette. In June of 2009, Garry’s daughter, Victoria, joined the family business, and manages all in-store operations.
Smith’s Shoes has expanded from being a family shoe store to now specializing in work, outdoor, and athletic shoes. We offer a wide variety of hard-to-find sizes and widths, and an extensive selection of brand name footwear. We pride ourselves on our experienced, knowledgeable staff of professional sales associates, knowledge that translates into getting the proper fit and application for each customer.
In addition to our location, we operate a shoe-mobile service, going to several dozen manufacturing facilities across the State of Indiana. This service was started in 1993. We offer payroll deduction, purchase discounts, direct billing, and bring the product directly to the manufacturing site for ease of purchase for your employees.
From four generations of our family, we thank you for the opportunity to serve your footwear needs.
In addition, we offer pedorthic services to the individuals requiring custom made orthotics or insoles. Mr. Joseph Haig, C-Ped, is our staff pedorthist. Mr. Haig has extensive knowledge and training in the manufacture and application of orthotic devices. Call for your appointment to get your free analysis.