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Shoe Carnival, 5520 Forest Drive (at Wal-Mart): 2008   16 comments

Posted at 10:18 pm in stores

I don't get into the outparcels around the Forest Drive Wal-Mart very often, but I was over there at Radio Shack the other day (needed an audio cable and wasn't willing to forage into Wal-Mart and get it cheaper). While I was there, I noticed that the Shoe Carnival store was gone. It's a fairly big place -- that was a lot of shoes! When I was a kid, I thought shopping for shoes was a step up from shopping for "clothes". Partly this was, I think, because of the neat foot measuring devices which always struck me as kind of futuristic (and that was just the manual ones. The one at Sears on Harden which was fully automatic was a special treat!). It was also partly due to the premiums given out with kids shoes. I remember compasses, decoder whistles and comics coming with Keds, PF Flyers and Buster Browns. I don't think any of that happens any more. It's like cartoons before a movie -- nice but it doesn't help the theater's bottom line. Though apparently nothing helped this place's bottom line.

UPDATE 25 March 2010: Added full street address to post title.

Written by ted on September 20th, 2008

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  1. That's a shame, they actually had a decent selection of shoes. The shoe store I miss the most is Jack's that was behind Blockbuster on Forest Drive. I use to get my Chuck's there.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    21 Sep 08 at 6:01 am

  2. Hard to believe but when I was very small, around 1962, Tapp's had an honest-to-God x-ray device you could put your foot in to check the fit of the shoes you were trying on.

    Dennis

    21 Sep 08 at 6:01 am

  3. Those things were called Fluoroscopes. Apparently they used a huge dose of radiation get fitted for shoes and potentially get cancer.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    21 Sep 08 at 6:06 am

  4. The one at Sears was after they figured out fluroscopes were a bad idea. It was, I think, a square box where the walls would roll in until they hit your foot.

    Jack's was where I usually got my Sebagos.

    ted

    21 Sep 08 at 12:49 pm

  5. I miss Jack's too. I got plenty of Chuck Taylors there.

    MR Bill

    22 Sep 08 at 9:39 am

  6. We got most of our shoes at Uncle Sam's, just behind the Atlantic Thrift Store.

    FirstDennis

    22 Sep 08 at 10:30 am

  7. I remember seeing Uncle Sam's for years, but for some reason we never went there.

    ted

    22 Sep 08 at 10:43 am

  8. oh yeah Uncle Sam's I remember it well

    MR Bill

    22 Sep 08 at 1:41 pm

  9. Speaking of this shopping center, anyone know what happened to Stevie B's pizza?

    MR Bill

    30 Sep 08 at 10:43 am

  10. Yeah, I was sad to see Shoe Carnival go, too. That was the first place I headed to for shoes after moving to Columbia.

    Are there any other shoe-specific stores in that part of town, or NE? Another shoe store out by Kohl's shut down a little while ago.

    Dennis

    28 Apr 10 at 10:52 am

  11. Dennis, there's a Shoe Carnival at the Village at Sandhill

    Andrew

    31 May 10 at 11:07 pm

  12. "Melissa,"
    How did you even compose those words in your head and form a sentence? My head is absolutely spinning after reading your post.

    Jonathan

    17 Sep 10 at 8:21 am

  13. Hate to bust your bubble Jonathan, but "Melissa" is a spam-bot.
    (Or was, "she" is deleted now..)

    ted

    17 Sep 10 at 12:39 pm

  14. That's why I said "Melissa." Still, I don't see how anything, whether human or machine could string those words together to make it seem like a complete thought, or maybe that's the point.

    Jonathan

    20 Sep 10 at 8:40 am

  15. It seems to me that the "comment" part of most recent spams I get is pretty irelevant -- the actual spam content is in the personal link.

    ted

    20 Sep 10 at 11:39 am

  16. Welcome to the spam world, ted.

    Jackson

    15 Dec 13 at 6:58 pm

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