Awards hope gives extra to regional shoe retailer

A flashback to the 2015 Footwear Industry Awards with James North (second left) with the company's Paul Luesby, second right, collecting their men's independent retailer of the year accolade from awards officials.

A flashback to the 2015 Footwear Industry Awards with James North (second left) with the company's Paul Luesby, second right, collecting their men's independent retailer of the year accolade from awards officials.

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A shoe store is out to prove it is one step ahead of the rest – by claiming more prestigious national accolades.

North Shoes, in Westgate, has been shortlisted in four categories at the Footwear Industry Awards 2016.

I’m so pleased and honoured that people in the trade have thought of us again.

James North, owner

The store has been shortlisted for Men’s Independent Retailer of the Year, Independent Family Retailer of the Year and Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year.

And owner James North, the fifth generation at the head of the business, is shortlisted in the Leaders in Customer Service category.

He said: “The awards honour the finest in the footwear retail industry and it’s great just to be shortlisted.

“We have been lucky in them since 2012 and I’m so pleased and honoured that people in the trade have thought of us again.”

The winners will be announced on February 21.

The independent family business, which was launched in Bourne in 1876 and also has shops in Stamford and Cambridge, hopes to add to the three titles it has collected since the awards were launched in 2012 – including Men’s Independent Retailer of the Year in 2015.