The Shoe Store Has Been Closed For Over 40 Years, Here's Some Of The Gems Found Inside The Boxes.
When Redditor Oktober75 found himself pulling back the cobwebs on his family’s long-defunct shoe store, he found himself going back in time. The store, First Class Shoe Store, was open from the 1940s to the 1960s and has been dormant ever since, exactly the way it was left all those years ago.
The store isn’t very noticeable for the street due to the security gate.
It was run by the man’s great grandmother until she fell ill 40 years ago and was forced to close. The store never reopened and none of the family members had much interest in managing and running the store. “I have no idea how profitable it was, perhaps that was a factor,” explains Oktober75 on Reddit. “My grandparents were known for hoarding. My guess is they went with the mentality, ‘it will be worth something one day’. That day came and went.”
Tartan was in fashion all those years ago.
Converse before their classic high-top
Because of the heat and the dry air, many of the shoes are not in wearable condition. Some of the rubber soles are so brittle, they can’t even bend. Still, a production company was happy to come in and purchase several hundred pairs of the retro shoes. Hipsters somewhere will be paying a fortune no doubt
“As children we didn’t pay much attention to the front of the building. We were going to visit grandma and grandpa,” he says
At this point, the location for this vintage shoe museum remains a secret. “When we’re ready to draw attention, I’d be happy to share more details,” says Oktober75.