110th Anniversary (1901-2011)
It’s our anniversary, over 110 years is a long time. But it seems like a short time because we’ve had fun serving special customers like you. In our business, experience counts, the more we do, the more we learn about our customers’ needs and how to best serve them. Thank you for helping us grow.
It all started with buttoned high tops, the fashion trend when the Newberry-Clay Shoe Company opened its doors in 1900. The wholesale shoe company was located at the corner of second Avenue and Tenth Street, directly across the alley from the entrance to a jobbing house.
Jeff Newberry was the president and George B. Clay was Vice President. Ten years after the company was founded, Newberry retired and the company was renamed the Norvell-Chambers Shoe Company. The factory divorced from the jobbing house and was operated by Mountain State Shoe Company, a subsidiary corporation.
In 1913 Mountain State Shoe Company was taken over by Walter E. Perry of Cincinnati and George W. Norvell, who changed the name to Perry-Norvell Shoe Company. G.R. Kinney Company acquired the stock in this company in 1920 and two years later moved to a modern, fireproof structure at 25th Street and Guyan Avenue. Shoes manufactured by this company were sold through 330 retail stores of G.R. Kinney Company, of New York City. The plant employed 350 people, 60% were women. The gross annual business was in the excess of 1.5 million dollars.
In 1928, Norvell-Chambers Shoe Company changed its name to Kipling Shoe Company. This company is now owned and operated by Carroll G. Osburn. Store #1 is located at 1221 Main Street, Milton, W.Va and Store #2 is located at Rt. 2 Bypass, Pt. Pleasant, W.Va.
Kipling Shoe Company stocks quality name brand shoes in hard to fit sizes for the whole family and employees that give you the customer service that you need.