WIDE WIDTHS, NARROW WIDTHS, LARGE SIZES, FASHIONABLE SHOES, COMFORT SHOES, WARM BOOTS, SANDALS AND MORE ARE WHAT MAR-LOU SHOES IS ALL ABOUT.
Back in 1955 Henry “Bud” & Marcia Ungar were married in Toledo, Ohio. After Dad cut his teeth with Wohl Shoe Co. of St Louis, MO Marcia decided it was time to move to Cleveland to be near her sister, Sue. So it was that my parents, Bud & Marcia, ended up in Cleveland in 1957 with a dilemma. Where was Marcia to buy shoes for her size 10 ½ narrow feet?
Rather than searching far and wide they decided to open their own shoe store in the beautiful Old Arcade in the heart of downtown Cleveland. In February of 1958 – on a shoestring budget (pun intended) – Mar-Lou Shoes (named after my mom, Marcia Lou!) was born. What a sigh of relief for Marcia’s poor, aching feet! Specializing solely in women’s size 10 and up, by 1972 the company grew into a two store operation with an east side location in Richmond Heights. By 1984 a third store, Revelations, was added in Cleveland Heights and by 1994 a fourth store was in the mix in North Randall. Through the course of the ensuing decade all four stores were folded into one large store in Lyndhurst, Ohio – where we continue today.
For the first 20 years of business we carried exclusively larger sizes for women. Dad was a master at designing shoes for the taller woman. He quite literally dreamt up designs; heels, fabrics, treatments, soles, colors and textures, put them on paper and manufactured them using the finest of American, Spanish and Italian shoemakers. He owned brands such as Balenciaga, Tall Girl Custom Originals, and more. To this day customers strut to our store with these labels emblazoned on old pairs of quality shoes. We have many customers who have literally shopped with us since 1958 and tens of thousands who have shopped with us since the 1960’s. Every week we add hundreds of satisfied customers to the roll!
When I joined the business in 1989 Dad expressed his desire to grow the operation into the largest of its kind in Ohio. Together – with the most professional shoe fitters in the business – we have made our company into one of the largest shoe stores in Ohio and by far the one with the largest selection of fashionable hard-to-find sizes for men & women. Sadly, on January 29, 2014 we lost Dad to cancer. He fought valiantly and passionately just like he did for so many years in business. His goal in life was to be the best husband, father and grandfather he could be. He was the best. His goal in business was to be the best shoe man in the country. And that he was, as he provided for the needs and wishes of many tens of thousands of customers throughout nearly 60 years in the business.
The assortment of footwear we carry, the knowledge of our staff and the dedication to fit you are attributes to carry us toward our sixth decade of business. Brands we carry include SAS (San Antonio Shoemakers), Ugg Australia (Uggs), New Balance, Clarks, Alegria, Sperry-Topsiders, Florsheim, Bernie Mev, Fly London, Blondo, Regence, Allen Edmonds, Wolky, Ecco, Trotters, Keen, Toe Warmers, Munro American, Ziera, Walking Cradles, Finn Comfort, Merrell, Johnston & Murphy, Dansko, Birkenstock and many, many other top-notch brands. While a variety of brands is terrific, what is more important is the fit and comfort of any footwear. It is our goal to make your feet feel good. Whether it is a walking shoe or a boot, a dress shoe, or comfort casual footwear it is crucial that your feet feel great. Your feet support your entire body. They’d better be well supported themselves!
From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for shopping with us. I promise we will do our best to make your online experience as positive as an in store one.
With kind wishes and a hearty “Thank you for your business” I remain,
Very truly yours,