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Our Past

Ridgways Shoes is a traditional family-run shoe shop established in 1820 as an old-fashioned cobblers that made and repaired shoes and is still owned by the Ridgway Family, the seventh generation family member to run the Devon based footwear retailer. At the onset of the Second World War we began making boots for the army, and the then proprietor, Matt’s grandfather, went off to fight, leaving his grandmother to run the business. Post-war we made a key transition, from making shoes to selling them and that provided us with history, experience and reliability for those shopping local in Newton Abbot, as well as those from further outside of Devon!


The Present

We are coming up on 200 years of experience in footwear, and we are better stocked than ever with a large variety fit for your feet and your fancies!
Over the years, we have continued to develop and grow as a company, both in-store and on our website. Be sure to check out our seasonal webpages, to take advantage of exclusive deals, and to utilise our excellent online chat system! (provided by tawk.to)

Are your shoes getting a bit worn down? Ask us about our sundries, they'll help revitalise your old footwear as well as protect from damage! We also stock bags, umbrellas and other accessories too, a perfect way to get a lot of your back-to-school gear in one place!


Where to find us

You can find us in Devon, in the town of Newton Abbot on Bank Street. (We do have a map on our Contact Us Webpage) Here we stock our large variety of ladies, men's and children's shoes & accessories, and every season we just keep adding more! And with exclusive in-store services such as our expertly trained fitters and friendly atmosphere with no need for appointments, just drop in!

Our Mission

We strive to host a diverse selection of products for all ages and tastes alongside our superb customer service in-store and online. We specialise in our fitting of products, a service that is prominent in all departments but most importantly in our children’s department, of which helps to ensure your little ones get the right sized shoes to promote their healthy and unstinted growth. With our friendly and professional team, all of which are qualified and trained on the job ready to assist you. We also have this website, where we host a huge selection of what we offer to our customer’s in-store from the luxury of your own home!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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