After walking up a flight of stairs into the store, customers will see hundreds of athletic, casual and dress shoes lining the shop’s four walls. Although shoe trends change over time, Randy said the store is like a time capsule for generational customers.
“People like reminiscing on what they remember seeing in here as a kid, so we try to keep things like they’ve always been,” Randy said. “Shoe trends come and go, but that chalkboard in the corner is in the same place parents remember it being when they were growing up.”
As a certified pedorithist—a specialist in customizing footwear to address foot conditions—Randy said he believes shoe fittings are essential for healthy foot growth. By owning a children’s shoe store, he said he is able to identify and correct foot problems early on, rather than leaving them to be addressed later in life.
“When you think about it, kids have to walk on those feet for the rest of their lives,” he said. “That’s something we take seriously when helping them find the right shoes. If they need extra support, that’s something we can make happen.”
Randy said the shop’s personal touch is what keeps shoppers returning to Lonnie Young’s Children’s Shoes.
“Shopping for shoes isn’t as personalized as it used to be,” Randy said. “When kids grow up and move away from Nashville, we’ve seen them come back in with their own kids because they don’t have a good resource where they live.”
Lonnie Young’s Children’s Shoes
2203 Bandywood Drive, Nashville
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.