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: To be the Go To, Get More, Pay Less shoe store for our target 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 60 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 18,000 associates worldwide and is a privately held company. The ownership group includes: Alden Global Capital, Axar Capital Management, Invesco Senior Secured Management, and Octagon Credit Investors.