The Lucky Shoes Story
The Lucky Shoes Story began 95 years ago in 1919 when Joe Luck opened a modest dry goods store, “The Lucky Store”, in the Firestone Park neighborhood of Akron. In addition to shoes the original store sold yard goods and menswear. For the Little League baseball players in the neighborhood however, the standard apparel was the “Lucky Jersey”. Sponsor Joe Luck gave out some 500 of them in a single peak season. Two of Joe’s six children, Milton and Leonard, took over the business in 1946 after serving in World War II. As the business grew the company hired its first employee from outside the family in 1948. Continuing the tradition of goodwill established by their father, Milton and Leonard made their first employee and all those who followed, feel like part of the Lucky family; extending benefits and compensation far ahead of industry standards. The Luck brothers soon had a core group of dedicated loyal long-term employees.
In 1955, Lucky Shoes opened a 3,000 square-foot store in Fairlawn, expanding to 6,000 square feet by 1976 when the company opened a splendid one-of-a-kind store at its Fairlawn location. By this time, Milton’s son Tom had joined the business and Lucky Shoes had become the largest shoe store in the state and one of only a handful of comparable size in the country. In 1981, Lucky Shoes entered the Canton market by opening of a 5,000 square-foot store. In 1982, with the retirement of Leonard Luck and his son Joel’s move to Columbus, the original Firestone Park neighborhood store closed. Tom’s son John joined the company in 1991. Shortly after, the company underwent a period of rapid-fire changes that included the opening of SouthPark Center in Strongsville, the addition of New Balance specialty stores and the opening of an orthotic lab and foot health center inside Fairlawn Lucky Shoes. The small store that Joe Luck started in 1919 certainly made some amazing changes over the decades.
Tom, John and the team they have assembled know their products and every aspect of the shoe business. They have used that knowledge to offer services and products tailored to the individual customer rather than take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Lucky Shoes offers a generous mix of merchandise and sizes providing customers with quality products, expert fit and conscientious service.
The company now employs over 100 team members. Among them are several with over 30 years service to the company. True to the Lucky Shoes tradition they, their newer colleagues and the generations of customers they have served are all part of the Lucky Shoes family. The company’s hands-on family ownership, community involvement and industry expertise have allowed four generations of owners to grow the business even in a challenging economy.
Adding a new chapter to The Lucky Shoes Story, the expansion into the Columbus market follows with the continued commitment to provide the families of Columbus with a unique unparalleled shoe shopping experience and an invitation to become part of the extended Lucky Shoes family.
2017 has proven to be another exciting movement for the Lucky Shoes family business, we were hand chosen by Vionic Shoes to collaborate with them in opening the first brick and mortar store in the United States under the Vionic brand, featuring the entire collection of men’s and women’s shoes, sandals and orthotics. It was a perfect fit of the expectations of quality products and services for Lucky Shoes and Vionic to come together and provide what the consumers have been looking for. The summer of 2017 will come with the addition and expansion of a Vionic shop-in-shop inside our Lucky Shoes Easton Town Center location which is set to be an amazing addition to the store.