48 E. Ferguson Ave., Wood River, IL - 618-254-0276
We're here to satisfy your sole


Our History

Our business was started over 60 years ago by Frank Saxe who ran a small shoe department on the corner of Broadway and Piasa Streets in Alton. As business grew, he moved to Wood River opening his own store known as Frank's Shoe Store. In 1967 he hired a young boy by the name of Tim Cleary to do odd jobs around the store. Tim, his three brothers as well as his father all worked for Frank at one time or another. Tim ended up staying on to learn the business of fitting shoes and continued to work for Frank until he retired in 1984. At that time, Tim and his wife Barb, bought the business, and continued to do business as Frank's Shoe Store until March 2002. At that time it was decided that a much larger location was necessary to accommodate the growing clientele. We moved just five doors from the old location, but we now have a beautiful newly remodeled store that we are very proud of. The new store needed a new name to update the image and reach new customers. We have a new name and new location, but the old-fashioned customer service that made us what we are remains the same. We are truly here to satisfy your sole.

Our Mission

Our mission at Cleary's Shoes and Boots is to provide our customers with expert service and quality footwear. Our staff is here to guide you in every aspect of the shoe buying experience, from proper fit to proper function of each product we sell. We want to develop a lasting relationship with each and every customer. If you are looking for the shoe store that you can feel comfortable with, it is Cleary's Shoes and Boots.


Shoe Brands
    Birkenstock New Balance
    Keen Red Wing Shoes
    Dansko Ecco
    Rockport Finn Comfort
    SAS Shoes Darn Tough Socks
    Josef Seibel Smartwool
    Merrell NAOT
    Cobb Hill Thorogood