|With stores in all 50 states, and others throughout the world Payless Shoe Source sold more than 200 million pairs of shoes in 2003. But it all started with two cousins and one location in Topeka Kansas, nearly 50 years ago.
Founded in 1956 and built on the concept of self-service, Payless Shoe Source offered an alternative shopping experience at a time when a trip to most shoe stores meant waiting for sales people to bring shoes to you - one or two pairs at a time.
While the self-service still reigns at Payless, it's not as much of a rarity as it was in the early days. In addition to the sheer number of locations, today what keeps the loyalty of shoppers is a large selection of contemporary styles at extremely affordable prices.
Offering men's, women's and children's shoes, Payless Shoe Source also offers online shopping. (Buy Direct)
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