RosemAry is the soul of the shoe industry
Shoe shop manager prepares to take on top job with national organisation
A shoe store manager who has become the heart and soul of the industry during a career spanning 40 years is about to step into a top job. Rosemary Gray ( 61), manageress of North Shoes, in Westgate, Peterborough, will become president of the Society of ShoeFitters in March.
She is looking forward to her two-year spell as president and will be installed at an SSF council meeting in London.
Rosemary, who lives in Newborough, said: “I feel it’s an achievement in the shoe industry – recognition of the work the society does and a real honour for me.”
In addition to managing the North Shoes store in Peterborough, Rosemaryspends one day a week at the family firm’sstore in RedLionStreet, Stamford, and trains the fulltime staff at its shops in Peterborough, Stamford, North Street, Bourne, andRoseCrescent, Cambridge. On her days off she tutors and lectures across the country for the SSF, having trained hundreds of shoe store staff members.
Shesaid: “TheSSFisfacing its biggest challenge – shoefitting as a trade is dying. Shop staff are told to put money in tills and get shoes off shelves - but very few of them know much about foot health.”
Rosemary Gray helps youngster Callum Elms gets the right footwear.