About Us

Payless ShoeSource
Who We Are

Payless ShoeSource is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere, offering a trend-right and comprehensive range of everyday and special occasion shoes and accessory items at affordable prices for every member of the family. The company’s mission is simple: Become the first choice for style and value in footwear and accessories for our customers.

How We Got Here

Payless was founded in 1956, in Topeka, Kan. on a revolutionary idea – selling quality shoes at affordable prices in a self-select environment. More than 50 years later, Payless continues the self-select model combined with leading customer service to provide a fun and engaging shopping experience for its customers. Today, Payless employs more than 25,000 associates worldwide and is a privately held company owned by Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital Partners.