Payless ShoeSource Reappears After Bankruptcy With Plans to Open Stores in the U.S.

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A little bit of good news from the retail world…

The Associated Press is reporting that Payless ShoeSource has emerged from bankruptcy for the second time with a renewed focus on international markets. The retailer first filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 2017, and then again in February 2019. The second filing ultimately led to the closing of the company’s remaining 2,000+ stores in North America.

Payless announced yesterday that it wants to start its recovery by revitalizing operations in Latin America, which is currently the brand’s largest business unit. The Topeka, Kansas-based company also said that it’s planning to relaunch its U.S. e-commerce site and open physical stores in the U.S. too, but the exact details of these plans have yet to be announced. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more!


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  1. Em

    Yay! Thanks for sharing! I loved to shop Payless online & was sad when they closed!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Me too! You’re welcome, Em!

  2. me

    ????

    • desiree

      I’m very confused too

  3. maysee82

    Wow, I can’t wait! Super excited!! Miss you Payless!!!

  4. Shoppingfan

    That’s great news for many shoppers. Glad for all. Hoping it works for others too.

  5. Leeanna

    Oh I hope they reopen. My daughter has wide feet and it’s hard finding her affordable shoes that accommodate her wide feet. Payless was the place where I’d get the majority of her shoes, boots, etc.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi, Leeanna! I have a hard time finding wide shoes for my son. I finally found that New Balance sells wide shoes. I can even find triple wides for my son! Because he’s a teen in men’s sizes, I find the best deals for them at Kohl’s. Hope this helps!

      • Jen

        Try Skechers they run wide. My husband and son get them a lot and don’t always need the wide width! We also get them at Kohl’s because of price and % off discount.

        • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

          Thanks, Jen!

    • Meg

      I wear a 12w and was completely bummed when Payless closed. I’ve had some luck with The Avenue online and the Terra and Sky line at Wal-Mart, but I miss the selection and our e of Payless!

      • Allison

        My husband wears a 14 wide, and it’s a huge pain trying to find affordable shoes for him. We recently discovered that Burlington Coat Factory carries a lot of big size men’s shoes, and wide width! I’m sure they’re a “dumping ground” for things that don’t sell elsewhere — like Marshall’s, Ross, TJ Maxx — so maybe check some of those places?!

      • Staci

        Im a 12w too. It’s so hard to find shoes that aren’t crazy expensive. I’d love to see payless come back.

  6. savnmommi

    Thanks for posting Hip2Save. This is great news to me. Payless was the only store that I could walk into and know that women size 13 shoe would be available.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome! 🙌

  7. samfs

    Yay,It was most affordable and nice shoes.

  8. Lucy

    I actually saw a store renamed payless kids a few months ago. I told my husband they would be back!!

  9. Jessica

    I would be happy.. I’m still wearing my Payless shoes that I bought right before they closed. I always bought my work shoes there. I’m a person that just likes to buy shoes every couple of months so that was the perfect place to do so without breaking the bank. Always good sales plus email coupons.

  10. Bethany

    Yayyyy. The only place I buy my work flats and sandals from

  11. Heather

    Yayyy! They had matching shoes for my girls. I’ve had such a hard time finding good shoes for them, that match, and don’t cost an arm and leg!

  12. y

    omg noo.. when i used to work there the store never got to the 1000. only when there were specials

  13. Ashley

    I would love this!!! I wear size 13 and can’t find shoes that fit. I tried the ShoeDepot but the sizing seems to run small. Order and return order and return. So frustrating.

  14. bri

    Oh, wow! That would be amazing! I loved Payless Shoes!

  15. Angie

    Yipee!

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