Payless ShoeSource was founded in 1956
in Topeka, Kansas, by two cousins who perfected a revolutionary
idea: selling shoes in a self-service environment. Their
self-service format allowed consumers to browse and
try on shoes without waiting for sales help. More than
four decades later, that idea continues to provide millions
of shoppers a convenient, friendly experience.
Today, Payless ShoeSource is the largest
specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere.
The company sold more than 187 million pairs of shoes
in fiscal 2004, generating $2.66 billion in net sales.
Payless operates stores in all 50 U.S. states, plus
Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, the U.S. Virgin Islands,
Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, South America,
and opened its first test store in Japan in November,
2004. Payless stores feature fashionable, quality footwear
and accessories for women, men and children at affordable
prices in a self-selection format.