That's 54 years of providing the best footwear available. Western Kentucky Shoes, Inc., as we are officially named isn't how we are known. Hayes Shoes was named in honor of our founders, Harry and Dolores Hayes. Since it's humble beginnings in downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky, Hayes Shoes has grown into a leading force in over 6 states. These include Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Alabama, Georgia and the great state of Mississippi. We are a company who is deeply rooted in the principles of honesty fairness. The golden rule of "Treat others they way you would like them to treat you" is the way we operate everyday and at the Heart of our Core Values. We welcome customers as though they were family, because in the end, They are!
Harry Hayes, now passed. Hand built the foundation to our company which now specializes in three areas: 1. Comfort brands like SAS; Softspots; Lifestrides; Eastlands; Naturalizers; Grass Hoppers; Florsheim dress and New Balance. Secondly, durable work and safety toe brands like Redwing; Worx; Carhartt; Wolverine; Bates; Harley Davidson; Timberland; Reebok; Florsheim; Carolina; Double H; John Deere; Matterhorn; Rocky; Georgia; Danner; Skechers; LaCrosse; Dr. Martens; Justin; WorkOne; Thorogood; Avenger; Ariat; Keen, Nautilus; Muck Boots, Puma, McRae Industrial, Knapp, Grabbers, Cat, etc. Lastly, Western Brands like: Justin, Ariat, Old West, Laredo, Dan Post, Double H, and Tony Lama. In total over 45 major brands.
Russell Hayes, the 1st of 3 children, serves as president, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1981 with a Business Degree. Russ, as he is know by to his friends, like all of his siblings, he quite literally grew up in the shoe business. Harry has taught them the business since the beginning. Russ has worked tirelessly to establish the Mobile Store division and along with the help of his brother and parents has been the single greatest influence on the present size of the company. Shown in this photo from left to right; Grandson; Russ; son, Joe and his wife Tara Bell; son. Missing from photo include; daughter, Terra Michelle, her husband Randy; and their two children.
Jeffrey Hayes, Vice President and the 2nd of 3 children to take the helm graduated with a business degree from Western Kentucky University in 1985. After co-founding the Mobile Store business, Jeff has dedicated himself to product research and buying. He is the company expert when it comes to technical product knowledge. In addition and building upon the foundation laid by his father, has also turned our Bowling Green location into the largest safety shoe store in all of south western Kentucky, carrying hundreds of different styles for men and women. Shown in the photograph are Jeff, his wife Cindy, their daughter and son.