Category Archives: Events

Thank you for a great year—here’s to 2019!

Our December Shoe Repair Meet & Greet was also a special “Customer Appreciation Event.”

We welcomed our customers with coffee, sweet treats—and prizes, of course! We gave away 10 Amazon Echo Dots and the grand prize was a big-screen TV.

Thank you to all of you who help us learn, grow, and become a better business every day. Here’s to a successful 2019!

RSVP for our upcoming Meet & Greets in January and February.

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Get your shoe store ready for winter weather

Is your shoe store or shoe repair shop ready for winter weather?

Stop by our Chicago warehouse for one of our upcoming Meet and Greets on Sunday, November 18 and Sunday, December 16, where you can meet our staff, learn more about our shoe repair and shoe care products and shop for those all-important weather protection products.

We have a large selection of everything you need for winter weather: shoe and boot protector sprays (such as Ralyn Aquatec and Tarrago Nano Protector), silicones and desalters (we carry Ralyn and Angelus brands), cleaners and shampoos. We also have a large selection of Tingley Overshoes.

We carry all of your other shoe repair and care needs, such as leather and rubber soles, shoe creams and dyes, dowels, abrasives, brushes (including personalized options), shoe laces, needles and thread. Plus the largest selection of shoe polish in the Midwest!

We will also be doing demos of Shoe Systems Plus Supreme Machines Shoe Repair & O&P Lab equipment in our showroom.

Bring your shopping list and stock your shelves before the snow and salt hits the ground!

RSVP for our November 18th or December 16th Meet and Greets on our Facebook page. Please note the dates are a bit earlier than usual due to holidays.

Email or call us with any questions or special requests before you stop by.

See you there!

Featured shoe and foot care products at the Chicago/Michigan shows

Justin Blair at Chicago Shoe Market 2018

What’s trending in shoe care and foot care?

We had a great turnout at the recent Chicago Shoe Market and Michigan Shoe Market Show. Justin Blair sales manager Dan Beal highlights below several products that were popular with customers.

Ralyn Shoe Care Center

The highly-noticeable Ralyn Shoe Care display attracts customers’ attention and keeps them coming back for more. Can be personalized with seasonal shoe care products—or a product mix that is unique to the store.

Rescue Wipes

The new, innovative Rescue Wipes clean and shine boots, shoes, sandals, and handbags with just a few wipes. No-mess and can be easily carried in a purse or briefcase.

Omni Massage Rollers

The Omni Massage Rollers (regular and mini size) are always popular and the POP countertop display is a great add-on item for shoe stores.

Orthosleeve FS6 Countertop Display

The top-selling FS6 Plantar Fasciitis Sock is a product that every shoe store can sell as they are asked about this topic daily. Plus, it’s a great product that really works! The  counter display make for easy selection and purchasing at point-of-purchase. Also available in a floor display.

Thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth…see you next time!

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See us at the Michigan Shoe Market Show on August 26 & 27

Stop by and see us at the Michigan Shoe Market Show in Livonia, MI on Sunday & Monday, August 26–27, 2018.

We will have samples of the latest shoe care products from Ralyn, therapeutic, massage, and pain relief products from Orthosleeve, Pedifix and Biofreeze, as well as a new addition to our line: German handmade insoles from Pedag USA. We will also have samples of our Apex footwear collection and related shoe accessories.

Dan Beal will be in Room 301, ready to answer all of your questions and help with product selection and ordering.

Most orders ship within 48 hours from our Chicago warehouse. Don’t miss our 10% OFF Day of Show Special!

Justin Blair Territory Manager Dan BealMichigan Shoe Market Show
August 26–27, 2018
Room 301
Embassy Suites Hotel/Livonia
19525 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48125
Show Hours:       
Sunday, Aug. 26: 9 am – 6 pm
Monday, Aug. 27: 9 am – 5 pm

All orders placed at the show receive a 10% discount

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See us at the Chicago Shoe Market on August 22 & 23

Justin Blair at Chicago Shoe Market 2018

Stop by and see us at the Chicago Shoe Market in Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22–23.

We will have samples of the latest shoe care products from Ralyn, therapeutic, massage, and pain relief products from Orthosleeve, Pedifix and Biofreeze, as well as a new addition to our line: German handmade insoles from Pedag USA. We will also have samples of our Apex footwear collection and related shoe accessories.

Dan Beal will be in Room 310, ready to answer all of your questions and help with product selection and ordering.

Most orders ship within 48 hours from our Chicago warehouse. Don’t miss our 10% OFF Day of Show Special!

Justin Blair Territory Manager Dan BealChicago Shoe Market
August 22-23, 2018

Room 310

Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown
600 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Show Hours:
Wednesday, Aug. 22: 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday, Aug. 23: 9 am – 4 pm

All orders placed at the show receive a 10% discount

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Our summer shoe repair Meet & Greets are scheduled

It’s sandal and dress shoe season…is your shop ready?

Stop by our warehouse for one of our summer Meet and Greets, where you can meet our staff, learn more about our products, and most importantly, SHOP.

Our warehouse is stocked full of shoe repair and shoe care supplies from our own brand Ralyn Shoe Care, as well as many other high-quality and trusted brands.

We have a large selection of everything you need: cleaners and shampoos, leather and rubber soles, shoe creams and dyes, dowels, abrasives, brushes (including personalized options), shoe laces, needles and thread, and much more. Plus, the largest selection of shoe polish in the Midwest!

We are also offering demos of Shoe Systems Plus Supreme Machines Shoe Repair & O&P Lab equipment in our showroom.

Bring your shopping list and stock your shelves for the summer!

RSVP for our July or August Meet and Greet on our Facebook page. 

Email or call us with any questions or special requests before you stop by.

See you there!

Stock up for spring at our next Shoe Repair Meet and Greet

Missed our shoe repair Open House? We are hosting monthly Meet and Greets at our warehouse, where you can meet our experienced staff, learn more about our products—and shop, of course.

See our newly-expanded selection of shoe repair and shoe care supplies from our own brand Ralyn Shoe Care, as well as many other high-quality and trusted brands.

Shop for cleaners and shampoos, leather and rubber soles, shoe creams and dyes, dowels, abrasives, brushes (including personalized options), shoe laces, needles and thread, and much more—including the largest selection of shoe polish in the Midwest!

We also have demos of Shoe Systems Plus Supreme Machines Shoe Repair & O&P Lab equipment in our showroom.

Bring your shopping list and stock your shelves for the spring sandal and athletic shoe season.

RSVP for one of our May and June Meet and Greets on our Facebook page. 

Email or call us with any questions or special requests before you stop by.

See you there!

RECAP: Shoe Repair Open House & Grand Opening

This weekend, we welcomed over 35 Chicago and Midwest-area shoe repair shops and shoe stores to our warehouse for a Grand Opening and Open House featuring our newly-expanded line of shoe repair and shoe care products.

Our experienced staff was on hand to answer questions and help customers shop thousands of professional-quality products, including leather, adhesives, shoe polish and dyes, needles and thread, and much more.

Thank you to all who attended, as well as Shoe Systems Plus, Inc. for demonstrating their latest Supreme shoe repair and O&P lab equipment in our machine show.

If you are interested in visiting our showroom to view the Shoe Systems Plus machines, please call us at (800) 566-0664 and ask for Mark.

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Meet your new shoe repair supplier in Chicago!

Justin Blair Shoe Repair Aisles

Midwest shoe repair shops and shoe stores: Looking for a one-stop-shop supplier? Stop by our grand opening & open house on Sunday, March 25th and meet us!

Our staff, including industry veterans Justin Bennett and Mark Sheehan, will be on hand to answer product questions and help you shop thousands of professional-quality products.

Justin Blair & Company is proud to serve the Chicago and Midwest shoe repair and shoe care market with products from national brands, including our in-house manufactured brand, Ralyn Shoe Care (most products are made in the USA).

We carry all of these essential shoe care and shoe repair supplies:

  • Abrasives
  • Adhesives
  • Brushes
  • Cleaners
  • Crepe
  • Dowels
  • Dyes
  • Foot Care
  • Laces
  • Leather
  • Machinery
  • Needles
  • Polish – we have the largest selection in the Midwest!
  • Rubber
  • Thread
  • Tools
  • Zippers

Shoe Systems Plus, Inc. will be on hand with a machine show to demonstrate their latest shoe repair equipment. Plus day-of-event orders will receive 10% OFF (cash/credit card only). And don’t miss our raffle for two Amazon Echo Dots and one 32” HD TV!

Justin Blair & Company Grand Opening & Open House
Sunday, March 25, 2018
8 am – 3 pm
3028 S. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
Get directions

Questions? Call us at (800) 566-0664 and ask for Mark.

RSVP for the event here or just stop by.

We welcome you to experience a new type of shoe repair supplier!

RECAP: 2017 NSRA Leadership Conference

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the National Shoe Retailers Association 2017 Leadership Conference last month in Memphis, Tennessee. We enjoyed meeting new people, as well as reconnecting with current customers. 

We were excited to hear that overall shoe retailers are feeling upbeat and optimistic about their brick-and-mortar businesses. According to this article by VAMP, staying on top of the competition by adding unique, new offerings and elevating the customer experience is working for shoe retailers. And with some shoe stores featuring 2nd- and even 3rd-generation owners, there is much to be hopeful about in the shoe industry.

One of our new product offerings that had people excited is our Custom Imprint Program. In addition to our imprinted plastic shoe horns, we now offer metal shoe horns and wooden shine brushes imprinted with a logo or store name. With low quantities and small runs, it’s an easy and economical way for shoe retailers to promote their shops and stand out from the competition. Download our Custom Imprint Program brochure here. 

Our experienced customer service department is here to help you help you grow your business. Reach out to us with questions about our imprint program—or let’s talk about other ways we can improve your customer experience.

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