Lou’s Bootery has been a cornerstone of the downtown Milford area for 64 years providing locals with fitted shoes for all ages. In 1947 Louis Pikus of Dover founded Lou’s Bootery after he leased the building from the Wright family, which still stands on the corner of Walnut and NW Front Street.
The building itself holds a rich history in the town of Milford. The first floor of the building was built in 1804 and over its lifetime has become an apothecary, funeral home, men’s clothing store, grocery market and shoe shop. The third floor of the building was added in 1847 and became the home of the first masonic lodge in Milford. It was inherited by Winfield Wright and eventually sold by Winfield to Louis Pikus where it became Lou’s Bootery.
Louis Pikus had a background in accounting, graduating from Beacom College (now known as Goldey-Beacom College) and worked as an accountant for the Triangle Shoe Company in Binghamton, New York. After the war Mr. Pikus decided to go into business for himself and started to build the foundation of Lou’s Bootery that has stayed strong through six decades.
Starting in the 1960‘s Lou’s sons Terry and Skip came back to work for the business and continued the shoe business specializing in fit and offering orthopedic, mens & women, children, walking and health shoes. Current owner of the business Skip Pikus has continued the family tradition and has seen many changes to the downtown Milford area since he came back to work for his father in the 1970’s. He recounts not only the changes in the business themselves but the differences in buying habits of individuals.
“Milford used to only have one main street to shop on,” remarked Mr. Pikus. “there was JC Penny and Montgomery Ward downtown before the inception of the strip malls. Now downtown businesses have to specialize to attract business to their store. The one thing that the large stores can’t compete with is the service that small businesses provide.”
Lou’s Bootery specializes in fitting individuals with shoes and serves a purpose for fitting hard to fit feet, new babies , athletic and prescriptions shoes. It is classified as a family tradition and is currently serving five generations of families in the area.
“I always tell people that the best businesses to get into are glasses, mattresses and shoes,” commented Skip. “If you are not in one, you are in the other.”
Skip and his brother Terry take time to measure each foot and fit shoes to that exact measurement ensuring the ideal fit for performance and comfort. Located at 48 North Walnut Street, Lou’s Bootery can be visited at the corner of Walnut and North West Front Street. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9-5:30pm and Thursday and Friday 9-7pm. For more information about the business or the products they offer call Skip at 302-422-4569.