Halliwell Shoes was established in 1957 when Gwen & Bert Halliwell brought Franklin Shoes, just up the road from the Pukekohe Hotel. We moved to our current premises which we own in 1962.
We were a family shoe store catering for all ages but in the mid 90's the decision was made to go out of children's shoes - today we stock quality womens and mens shoes.
Richard Halliwell joined the business in 1968 and took over from Gwen, doing the buying and running of the store with Father continuing doing the accountancy work.
Over the years we have endeavored to keep up with market demands and changing times, venturing into Papakura for a while, opening Self Service Shoes and eventually in 1989 open the first of the Eyecatcher Stores in Royal Oak Auckland. Later followed by Howick, Newmarket, Hamilton, Thames.
To-day there is only one Eyecatcher store in Thames and we opened Halliwell/Eyecatcher shoe outlet in Papakura in 2014 as we downsized the business.
Cristina joined in the mid 90's and to-day with Helen's help, together we are continuing what Richard and my Grandparents started and plan to keep up the standards that they all set.
We continue to endeavor to meet the ever changing market trends and demands by visiting the shoe fairs of Europe at least once a year to study the market and trends that are happening there. This enables us to build a collection that we believe will appeal to our customers, which is often a little different from other footwear stores.