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Brown’s Shoe Fit

Brown’s Shoe Fit, Grinnell’s only shoe store, has been around since 1957. Its current location at 937 Main Street is just down the block from its original site.

Brown’s offers a good selection of shoes for men, women and children. Styles, which vary by season, currently range from trekking winter shoes to those iconic boots that you either hate or love, Uggs.

Duane Cloyed with Brown Shoe Fit Company helps David Coster try on a pair of Red Wing shoes on Thursday.

While the shop may not be able to compete with high-end fashion boutiques, there are none of those in rural Iowa, so Brown’s is about as good as it’s going to get. In terms of interior design, its cleanliness, open spaces and helpful employees are a definite plus.

Through its monopolistic position and convenient location in downtown Grinnell, the store thrives from business from the College.

“[We get] quite a bit [of business from the College] actually. The last few years have been fantastic, between students and faculty,” said an employee of the store. “We take care of our customers, they take care of us.”

9 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
9 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursdays
9 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays

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