About Us


Founded by Wally and Joan Waldman and her father, Morris Goldman, Laurie’s Shoes has been serving the Saint Louis community since 1951. Their goal was to provide excellent customer service while delivering the best selection in town. This goal remains the mission at all locations still today.

Laurie’s Shoes started with two locations, one in Maplewood and the current headquarters on Manchester Road, famous for its basement stock room that doubles as a bomb shelter. Together Wally and Joan created a business model that remains the same today: Customers come in, have their feet measured by a skilled salesperson, and expertly fit with the shoes best for their feet, based on various factors such as walking tendencies, arch attributes, foot length, and more. This formula of unmatched service, along with an enjoyable environment remains the same.



After Wally passed away in 1984, Joan remained heavily involved in the business, introducing our famous ‘Balloons for the Kids and Dad’s Cookies for All’ policy as well as working as a courier, transferring shoes between all of our locations and even to customer’s homes, one of the first examples of extreme service in the Industry! Joan continued her hard work until passing in 2011.

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Wally and Joan’s children, Mark, Patty, and Scott now continue their parent’s dream of providing excellent service and selection at all four of our locations as well as our traveling shoe-show division. Our sales staff and customer service agents are trained in the latest footwear technology, fashion trends, and Pedorthic insight, insuring that Laurie’s employees are the most knowledgeable and friendly in retail! We also have a number of Pedorthists on staff, allowing Laurie’s to fill needs prescribed by Doctors, Pediatrists, Chiropractors, and other medical authorities in the business.

Our Selection
We carry over 60,000 pairs of both children and adult fine quality brands of footwear and accessories.

With children’s brands such as Stride Rite, New Balance, Saucony, Nike, UnderArmour, Asics, Naturino, Keen, Merrell, and many more, we are sure to have whatever you may be looking for!

For adults we carry Ecco, Mephisto, Brooks, Dansko, Birkenstock, New Balance, Chaco, Samule Hubbard, Keen, Asics, Nike and a whole lot more totaling at over 150 brands for both men and women.


Something for Everyone
Our product mix reflects the diversity of our client and our desire to fill the needs of each of our customers from fashionistas to restauranteurs who need both looks and dependability. No matter your need, we will have the shoe for you!

This includes fit! Laurie’s takes great pride in offering comfortable fashion products, along with an extensive inventory of sizes and widths. To fill our goal of having the best selection in town, Laurie’s carries shoes for those hard to fit feet from tiny baby sizes up to size 18 for Men. A variety of widths from AAA to EEEEEE. Let us find the perfect shoe for you!


Foot Health and Our Fitting Process
Though technology has improved tremendously, our fitting process has not changed much since 1951. When you visit a Laurie’s Shoe location, an expert salesperson will devote their time to finding the perfect shoe for you. We use a Brannock device to find your exact measurement as well as your appropriate width and arch location. Your salesperson will use this data to identify what brand and shoe will fit you or your child best to promote proper support, comfort, and growth.

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The benefit of having your feet measured and actually being able to try-on is what makes Laurie’s the best place to find shoes for you and your entire family. Buying shoes online can be dangerous and costly, since every brand and style fit differently. Unlike a tight blouse or a too large pair of pants, wearing the wrong size shoe can cause issues throughout the body, from your toes up through your back. From major foot problems to upper body imbalances, a mis-fit shoe can cause major problems that can be damaging and affect your health. So, when it comes time to find a new pair of shoes, why not leave it to the experts?


Whether your doctor has asked you to make an appointment with our Certified Pedorthists or you are just in need of new kicks, let the sales staff at Laurie’s Shoes find the perfect pair for you.

Our Rewards Program

At Laurie’s we are always looking for a chance to give back to our customers. Our rewards program is our way of doing this! Whenever you check out at any Laurie’s Shoes location, you will be given one of our famous envelopes to keep your receipts in. Make sure to SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS because they are worth money!

Beginning with a minimum of $50, we will use all your saved receipts from any past purchase, taking 5% of the sum of all subtotal amounts and applying this value towards future purchases. So, you receive 5% back on everything you have spent with us! Though our receipt program is only good for in-store purchases and not good with other coupons, your receipts never expire and you can use as many receipts as you have at one time! There is also no limit on the savings! That means that, with enough receipts, you could pay for your entire next purchase! So start saving now!