Pedestrian Shops Open a Third Location, Bringing Their Curated Selection of Fashionable Comfort Footwear to Denver

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After 49 years of success in Boulder, the family-owned comfortable shoe retailer has success finding the perfect Denver location at 2368 15th St.

The Pedestrian Shops is now serving Denver customers. The store at 15th and Platte streets is the newest addition to the rapidly growing Central Platte Valley neighborhood, nestled between LoDo and LoHi. Pedestrian Shops, which bridges the gap between fashionable and functional footwear for active lifestyles, fits right into this evolving part of downtown Denver.

Richard Polk, Pedestrian Shops’ president and founder, said, “We’ve always been interested in opening a store in Denver. It took us over 40 years to find the perfect location.” Polk’s youngest daughter, Zoe, operations manager for the three Pedestrian Shops stores, found the building, built in 1887 at 2368 15th St., last fall. Along with Richard’s other daughter, Lauren Polk Brown, Pedestrian Shops’ vice president, the family recognized that this was the perfect opportunity to enter the thriving Denver market. Longtime businesses including REI and My Brother’s Bar, as well as heavy pedestrian traffic through the lower downtown Denver neighborhood, were selling points for the location.

Pedestrian Shops is hosting a 10-day Grand Opening Celebration from April 13-22, including giveaways, gifts with purchases, and special events. Coinciding with the Grand Opening is Pedestrian Shops’ annual Earth Day Shoe Drive. This Earth Day marks the 59th shoe drive -- a second is held yearly at Thanksgiving. Customers are asked to bring in footwear that they just never wear, any kind, any brand, new or slightly used. Donors are offered a 10 percent discount on a pair of new shoes. Donated shoes are distributed to local assistance organizations. Donations will be accepted at all three Pedestrian Shops April 13-29. Tens of thousands of pairs have been donated, a purchase is not required to donate shoes.

The Pedestrian Shops offer a selection of The World’s Most Comfortable Brands of Shoes. Some popular brands include Birkenstock, Dansko, Keen Merrell, Vionic, Chaco, Lems, and Naot. Lauren and Zoe do the buying for the stores, and look for up and coming lines to add to their assortment. New finds include Ten Points from Sweden and Jafa from Israel.

About the Pedestrian Shops

In addition to Pedestrian Shops’ new Denver store at 2368 15th St., they operate two Boulder stores, one on the Downtown Boulder Pearl Street Mall and the other in the Village Shopping Center near McGuckin Hardware. Family owned and operated for 49 years, the Pedestrian Shops, Colorado’s original walking shops, encourage customers to Enjoy Life, Take a Walk.

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