In 1957 Gordon and Pat Mathews opened a shoe shop in Purewell - G & P Mathews, 'Distinctive Footwear'
Although many considered this a risky venture the business flourished and in 1971 they moved from the out of town location and purchased a premises in the heart of Christchurch High Street. The new shop was renamed Mathews Shoe Centre. With emphasis still very much about service, fit and comfort their middle son Tony joined them after working as Manager with Lotus Shoes and Debenhams. Guy, the youngest son was soon to follow after gaining valuable experience in Business Studies, Estate Agency and playing the drums in a Country and Western Band!
The Family Partnership drove their business forward and in 1986 they opened one of the first Children's only Footwear outlets in the Country. With conscientious, experienced and trained staff Mathews was the place to go for expert attention and a superb choice of footwear with many of the leading brands being stocked. Further expansion took place in 1989 when they opened another branch in New Milton making 'Mathews' one of the strongest Independent Footwear Retailers on the South Coast. Tony's children Sally and Paul, have been involved in the continued success of the business for many years now. Paul specialising and managing the Children's footwear area of the business and Sally, utilising on her previous experience as Manager of Clarks shops, with buying, displays and Sales.
Fast forward to 2018, where a super children's department was incorporated into the newly fitted Christchurch shop. Mathews Shoes continues to boast excellent service, a large stock of quality footwear and a wealth of knowledge. The Mathews family recognise the importance of correctly fitted footwear, hence are all members of the Society of Shoe Fitters. We look forward to welcoming you to our stores for many more years to come.
We have two shops:
Mathews Shoes is situated in Christchurch High Street and New Milton, with plenty of car parks close by.