Celebrating 65 Years in the Shoe Industry
Sutton's Shoes was started in 1952 by Norwood and Ethel Sutton. Norwood Sutton was a farmer outside the La Grange, NC Community. He decided to start a shoe business because of respiratory problems he was having curing Tobacco. After borrowing all the money he could form gentlemen in the community Sutton started his business. In the early day he did not have enough financial backing to fully stock a shoe store. He decided to buy a lot of empty boxes to make it appear he had a huge inventory. No one ever knew over half his inventory was only empty boxes. As time progressed so did his inventory.
In the late 1960's Sutton began selling safety shoes. At this time there were only 5 styles available. Now Sutton's stocks over 160 styles through 22 brands and has access to over 2000 styles.
In 1996 Sutton's made the move from the small downtown community of La Grange to the bypass outside of town. From there Sutton's started operating Mobile Shoemobiles to manufacturers and cities who required their employees to wear safety footwear. The first Sutton's Safety Shoe trucks were 24 foot box trucks stocking around 1000 pair of safety shoes. Now Sutton's operates 5 Semi Tractor/Trailers stocking up to 2700 pair of safety footwear and providing the largest on site inventory of any safety shoe provider in the Eastern United States. Sutton's is currently serving North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Eastern Tennessee and Northern Georgia.