Amy’s Shoes & Apparel

Owner Amy Bradford with store mascot, Vader

How did Amy’s Shoes get its start?

I thought Cleveland didn’t have fashionable footwear options from independent stores so, in 2007, I opened my first location in Rocky River. The store’s reputation for carrying unique footwear quickly spread, and I opened at Eton in May 2009. In the last couple years, both locations have expanded into apparel to wardrobe customers from head to toe.

What makes Amy’s Shoe & Apparel unique?

Amy’s Shoes & Apparel carries merchandise from all over the world.  The selection is curated to offer customers items that will allow them to feel confident and comfortable while embracing their individual style. Amy’s Shoes & Apparel services three generations of clients. It makes us smile when we have grandmothers, mothers and daughters all shopping together; providing a wide variety of items for each.

How would you describe the type of style you carry? What are some of your best-selling brands?

The best way to describe the merchandise at Amy’s Shoes & Apparel is fashionable, functional and fun!

Amy’s Shoes & Apparel carries many popular footwear brands such as Cloud, All Black, A.S.98, Miz Mooz, Wonders, Donald Pliner and United Nude.  Significant apparel collections include Sympli, Comfy, Sun Kim, Joseph Ribkoff, French Dressing, Pure Amici, Planet and Luukaa.

What have you found to be the key to success for a small business?

The biggest keys to success for a small business are (1) a willingness to adapt as your customer and markets change; (2) the ability quickly identify and solve problems and (3) the courage to seize opportunities that become available to you.

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