Published on Jul 06, 2022
Our store just got featured on the HeraldNet Everett newspaper! Read the article here:
The biggest takeaway from this article
Ahn’s parents were in the shoe repair business and served a number of customers wanting shoes stretched. They opened the first Wide Shoes Only store in Shoreline in 1980 and relocated to the Edmonds site in 1997.
Ahn, 53, didn’t follow in his parents’ footsteps right away. After college, he worked in the tech industry in California. He opened a Wide Shoes Only store in Bellevue in 2007 and moved the store to Renton in 2012. He took over the Edmonds store when his parents retired and runs both locations.
“I can’t pick out shoes for myself here,” he said.
Nobody in the family has wide feet.
How has the pandemic affected us?
Ahn said the pandemic affected sales and supply.
“It’s starting to get better,” he said. “A lot of shoes aren’t made in China. More are made in Vietnam now.”
Buying shoes is not all about size and width. Shoe shape is important.
“A lot of people don’t realize that shoes are like jeans,” Ahn said. “Blue jeans come in so many different shapes and even when they are the same size they fit completely differently. The shapes of shoes are like jeans, skinny jeans all the way to baggy jeans. There’s a lot of skinny extra wide and a lot of baggy extra wide.”