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Tips for protecting shoes in winter weather

It’s that time of year: snow, sleet and slush will be upon us (or should I say, our shoes). Do your customers know how to protect their shoes against winter weather?

Start with a silicone

The first line of defense is an offense: brush on a liquid silicone, like Ralyn Liquid Silicone, which repels water from shoes and keeps leather soft.

Spray on heavy-duty protection

Prepare for the worst winter has to offer with a high-tech weather protector spray like Ralyn Aquatec. A spray is easily applied and thoroughly protects the entire surface of shoes, boots and apparel against rain, snow and slush—it even prevents salt stains. See Ralyn Aquatec in action in this product demo video.

Offer a natural solution

Are customers looking for a natural weather protection solution? A natural beeswax product like Sno Seal protects leather shoes and boots from rain, snow and salt. Regularly applying a wax will also extend the life of your shoes, and it can be used in conjunction with your regular shoe polish.

Take special precautions with suede

Suede shoes are especially susceptible to winter’s effects. Make sure to only use a product especially made for suede, such as Ralyn Suede & Nubuck Aquatec. Note that waxes should not be used on suede.

If you can’t protect ’em—cover ’em

If shoes haven’t been protected or your customer often travels in wet weather, you may want to suggest a pair of overshoes. Made of rubber and 100% waterproof, they fit over dress shoes and provide a physical barrier to moisture, as well as extra traction in wet weather.

And what to do if they do get wet…

If shoes do get wet, let them air dry—don’t use a heat source to dry them. And pack them with newsletter or use a wooden shoe tree to preserve the shape.

A good weather protection program will keep your customers’ shoes looking good throughout the winter season. Come springtime, they will be thanking you!

We carry a full line of weather protection from our in-house brand Ralyn Shoe Care as well as several other high-quality brands. Pick up everything you need for winter at our November 18 or December 16 meet and greets at our Chicago warehouse. RSVP on our Facebook page. 

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!

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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RECAP: August footwear trade shows

August was a busy month with Justin Blair territory managers David Bryan and Dan Beal attending two footwear tradshows, Northwest Shoe Travelers 2017 Buying Market and Kansas City Shoe Show.

In addition to seeing our entire Ralyn Shoe Care line of professional shoe care products, customers were eager to see the Pedifix P17 display, a 2-sided countertop spinner that gives your customers fast and easy access to Pedifix foot care products.

Customers were also intrigued by the Orthosleeve FS6, a compression foot sleeve that helps reduce swelling, improve circulation, and relieve foot pain.

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New products for foot comfort, foot health & boot care

New products from Justin Blair
We are pleased to offer the following new products for foot and shoe comfort, diabetic foot health, and boot care and protection. All are in-stock and ready to ship.

Powerstep Memory Foam Comfort Insoles

Combines slow-recovery memory foam with an encapsulated polypropylene arch shell for maximum comfort with full support. Dual-layer cushioning provides targeted and controlled pressure relief. Plush memory foam layer conforms to the shape of the foot and provides maximum cushioning in a variety shoes.

Copper Cloud Diabetic Socks

Keeps feet wound-free, odor-free and feeling great. Seamless design curbs ulceration. Moisture-wicking promotes drier feet and ventilated airflow for temperature control. Non-binding for improved circulation. Copper yarn means antibacterial/antifungal/anti-odor and softer skin. Available in black or white, No-Show, Ankle or Crew styles.

Kg’s Boot Guard

Offers superior protection from toe wear, water seepage along the welt, and seam erosion. Can be applied to new or used boots and bonds to leather, rubber, Cordura, vinyl, and even to exposed steel. Available in 2 oz. or 4 oz.

Contact your Territory Manager or customer service to place your order today. Or order online.

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2017 Justin Blair Summer Sales Meeting is a success!

Justin Blair 2017 sales meeting recap

Left to right: Justin Blair Chief Sales Officer Scott Weinstein smiles at the great 1st half results our Territory Managers posted this year. Rob Cooper from Core Products presents to the JB team.

The Justin Blair Summer Sales Meetings wrapped up last week and we would like to thank all who attended: Jason Hoane of Powerstep, Josh Higgins of ING Source, Jason Bates and Rob Cooper of Core Products, Larry Goodman of Apex Foot Health Industries (an OHI company), Kate Spezia of Knit-Rite and via Skype, Tom Traver of Orthozone (Thermoskin).

Powerstep

Powerstep discussed new and exciting products that will become available in 2018.  Be on the lookout for more detailed information later on in the year

Orthosleeve

Orthosleeve presented their FDA medical grade compression products for more active lifestyles and talked about how to improve turns at the retail level. They presented the FS4, a new 200 needle sock that is seamless, moisture wicking, anti-microbial with a lighter compression than FS6 and appropriate for everyday use.  A new full line retail display is in the works—more information will be available soon.

Therafirm

Therafirm presented the following new products: Sheer patterns (Ease), singles for doctors (ideal for vein centers), arm lymphedema sleeves (30-40% lower than Jobst)

Apex

Apex discussed their new Copper Socks (available to ship from us on 8/1).  Their VP of Sales, Larry Goodman spoke of continued improvements in their 3PL operations.  Efforts continue to make Apex the best brand of comfort footwear in the industry.

Justin Blair Updates

We also discussed possible enhancements to return policies, updated processes to improve the experience for first time customers and customer service errors, as well as continuing efforts to make working with Justin Blair meet our philosophy of “Doing business, made easy!”

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