Our History

Our Illinois shoe repair and custom orthotics 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, and 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 operate as Frank’s Shoe Store until March 2002. At that time they expanded to the current location and changed the name of the store to Cleary’s Shoes and Boots. 

In 2001, the Clearys hired Andrew Hagopian as a part-time salesman.  Over time, Andrew’s passion for the shoe business grew, and he completed his pedorthic schooling.  In 2004, he took an opportunity in St. Louis with another family-owned shoe store. In 2013, Tim and Barb approached Andrew and his wife Stephanie about the possibility of purchasing the business. 

In May of 2018, Andrew and Stephanie officially purchased the business.  They are happy to continue bringing expert customer service and top notch products shoe repair to the Wood River community and look forward to introducing new brands and ideas to continue meeting customers’ evolving needs.

We are truly here to satisfy your sole.

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