The well-known British shoe store Pediwear is sadly closing, after 46 years in the business. Now they run a closing sale at up to 50% off on everything in their store, including Carmina, Crockett & Jones, Tricker’s, Cheaney, TLB Mallorca, Carlos Santos, Barker, Paul Sargent, Heschung, and many others. Reductions will continue to increase until everything is gone.
I actually ordered my first pair of welted shoes from Pediwear, about 12 years ago or so, a pair of dark brown Loake 1880 Aldwych that I still have on the shelf at home. Back then Pediwear was one of relatively few large webshops selling Goodyear welted shoes internationally, and they were famous for their large range of shoes, good customer service and their price pledge (which they continued with albeit in modified form until this day), where they would take another 5% off if one found a shoe they had cheaper somewhere else. A popular “workaround” shoe nerds did was quoting the price of a Crockett & Jones retailer in Southeast Asia (don’t remember if it was in Indonesia, Vietnam or perhaps Sri Lanka) who had really low prices to get C&J at a bargain, until that was stopped after a few years.
Pediwear had a dated website for long, but continued to be relevant with their huge selection, and when they finally revamped their site a few years ago it felt like they would be able to continue to attract new customers. It was certainly sad to receive their newsletter late last night where they announced the fact that they were closing. Pediwear, who also has a retail shop in Halifax, has been around since 1976. They don’t state the reason for closing, perhaps the combination of Brexit and Covid finally became too harsh, and things wasn’t picking up enough for them now this spring.
So, what’s happening now is that they are to get rid off their entire stock, which certainly is extensive. They start with a continuation of their summer sale where they add discounts on everything in store, the brands listed above is just a selection. Amount of discount varies, but up to 50% off, and as mentioned they will continue to increase the discounts until they sold off everything. Question is how long you dare to wait if you find something you’ll like.
Damn, that’s a real shame. Bought from them several times, feels like an institution.
The brexit was already enough to drag these retailers down. How the UK has come to embrace such an economic & financial agenda is still a mystery to me. Indeed, then came Covid along and just amde things worse.
Karl: Yeah a shame for sure.
John: I personally think that Brexit was a big mistake for sure. That said, from what I understand, manufacturers selling to wholesalers/retailers in Europe seem to work relatively ok, while it’s more harsh for sales to consumers, which is the same the other way around. E-commerce from EU to UK is down a lot.
By sheer happenstance, I’ve just stumbled upon this opinion piece, which could be of interest:
It’s nothing to do with brexit, and everything go do with the manufacturers imposing retail restrictions.
John: Alright, will try to read.
Mark Jameson: According to several UK retailers I’ve talked with, Brexit certainly has affected them negatively, especially e-commerce who sell a lot internationally, like Pediwear. Also, most brands that Pediwear sell don’t have strict retail restrictions, AFAIK.
Jesper: Pediwears main source of profit came from Loake and Crockett and Jones, to a certain extent Paraboot as well. Loake imposed restrictions virtually removing all international trade and struck a huge blow, paraboot stopped trading with them, Crockett and Jones first limited the amount of stock that could be ordered, then stopped trading. Their bread and butter turn over was decimated. All well before brexit. They tried to find other brands, including their own Edward James brand utilising a variety of manufacturers but nothing really helped. No, brexit won’t have helped either but the damage was already done.
Mark Jameson: Yeah but as understand it Brexit and pandemic was what put them over the cliff, without that might have survived. Now we’ll never know, sad thing it is for sure.