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Neston's Soul of Soles to Cease Trading

Published: 10th September 2021 09:33

After nearly seventy years' service to the soles of Neston, John Evans Ltd traditional shoe shop have announced their closure.

John Evans photographed from inside The Blue Bicycle.John Evans Limited, pictured from within The Blue Bicycle coffee shop by Simon Joseph Photography.

The shop at 7 The Cross, is one of the oldest family-owned shops in Neston town; staff and customers can be immensely proud of its heritage. 

Pencil drawing of John Evans Ltd.Pencil drawing of the premises, on display at the shop and photographed by Simon Joseph Photography (link opens Instagram).

At 67 years young, the shop's original joinery and fittings are only outshone by the wonderful team, who have provided quality service for all these years. Shoes, like clothes, are not one size fits all and John Evans' time-served shoe fitters have always been eager to make your feet as comfortable as possible.

Traditional joinery throughout the John Evans Ltd shop.

The shoe shop was one of the first regionally to have an 'X Ray' machine, used to check that shoes fitted feet perfectly. Children particularly loved the novelty of the machine, which remained in the shop for many years.  

In May 2019, AboutMyArea celebrated the 65th anniversary of the shop in its current location and found out a little more about well-respected proprietor Mr Barry Evans. It was in July this summer that we reported on his sad passing (see article here) and reflected on his family's contribution to Neston and further afield. When World War II broke out, Mr John Evans' role was considered a Reserved Occupation, so he stayed in Neston, receiving thousands of pairs of army boots to stud or repair. 

While John's son Barry took over the shop, his brother Keith Evans turned his hand to joinery and fitted out the shoe shop with its shelving and counter top that have survived to this day.

Shoes fitted perfectly to tots' toes for over 65 years.Shoes fitted perfectly to tots' toes for over 65 years.

If you have children, chances are you have been in to John Evans Ltd at some point for school shoes. This August, the ladies commented that should this be the last time they get to see local families getting ready for the new school year, then they would be happy that they at least got to do it one last time.

Are they the latest traditional retailer to fall victim to the decline of the high street? Or has Mr Evans' sad passing just been the natural time to close the shutters one last time? We may not know the answer, but we do know that we'll miss walking by the shop and seeing the shoes in the window. 

On social media, John Evans Ltd's poster stated that they were sorry to announce their closing down sale. All stock has been priced between £15 - £45, so if you're in the market for a bargain, head to the shop for more details, to express thanks and say a fond farewell.

John Evans - Putting Shoes on Neston Feet for 65 YearsBarry Evan, photographed by Bernard Rose Photography (link opens in Twitter).

John Evans - Putting Shoes on Neston Feet for 65 YearsThe sales section of the shop, with the old X Ray machine on the right.
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At 20:51 on 12th September 2021, Steph commented:
Sad day for Neston, there use to be a fish monger, a pork butcher, a green grocer, a hardware store, a white goods shop, a bike shop, a gentleman’s barber, an off license (or three), a garage, a petrol station, a pie shop, a sweet shop, a few more pubs and the best traditional shoe shop that ever existed in John Evans, all gone and never to return....l
CO Jones
At 21:11 on 12th September 2021, CO Jones commented:
Yep, and all gone because people stopped using them unfortunately. Just as they have in virtually every town in the country and beyond. All that said.

You can buy fresh fish off the fish man at the Friday market.
You can buy fresh pork from Tracey's or from Nick on the Friday market.
There is a bike shop in Neston and one in Parkgate.
There are at least two gents barbers.
There is a petrol station (when the refurb is finished) at the top of Hinderton Road.
Nick does amazing pies on the market and so do several other sellers. As does Tracey and Gerrard's bakery.
And there are still 3 pubs within 200 yards of each other plus numerous new dining and drinking establishments.

Is that not enough?
CO Jones
At 21:38 on 12th September 2021, CO Jones commented:
If you don't take change by the hand it will take you by the throat.

Winston Churchill. Circa 1943

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