If the shoe fits, go into business with it. For the Logsdon family, the past 42 years of boot and shoe fittings in Naples has had customers kicking up their heels in high performance work boots, and ladies shoes made from luxurious leathers fit for a queen.
The first shoe sale Vic Logsdon ever made was in his parents store up in Pennsylvania when he was 14 years old.
“I can’t remember what the first shoe I sold was, but we’ve carried Red Wing Boots for as long as I can remember,” said Logsdon from his showroom, Vic’s Boot and Shoe, centrally located in Naples across from the Gulfshore Plaza on U.S. 41.
“We started our business in 1962 and we were located on Fifth Avenue South by the old telephone building. It is now Bistro 921, I think,” Logsdon said. “In 1968, I took over the business, and we moved to this location in 1971.”
As a young man, Logsdon found time to study at Edison College while working in his parent’s business in Naples, along with his brother John. Logsdon also served as a radar and electronics specialist in the United States Air Force.
Since Logsdon opened his doors, everyone from local restaurant servers, construction workers, police, fire and emergency service personnel found high quality work boots with steel reinforced toes at Vic’s. But Logsdon has more than just one of the largest selection of steel and non-steel toe boots in Collier County.
“We also have assorted inserts for boots, belts, wallets, Red Wing Socks, assorted Leatherman tools, orthopedic shoes, and moccasins,” he said.
Stepping into a new pair of work boots, one of Vic’s customers said he shops often the shop because his last pair of boots lasted more than three years during everyday wear.
“The first thing I try to do is to ask (customers) what they do. What I would sell to a restaurant person, I wouldn’t sell to a fireman,” said Logsdon.
As for his secret to long term business practices, Logsdon strives for excellence in customer service.
“One thing people want to do in business is serve the public. If you give them good service, they’ll return. If you look at successful businesses, it’s service they pay attention to. Businesses should strive for better service,” he said.
In his decades of service to Naples customers, Logsdon grew to understand the changes in bone structure of the foot as customers age. Logsdon measures customers feet with an electronic machine in the front of his store, which allows customers to see the proper sizing of their feet as well. Logsdon also utilizes his own traditional Brannock measuring device to ensure proper fit, to reduce chances of foot and heel pain.
“Kids that I knew as kids now bring their grandkids to me,” said Logsdon with a smile.
If You Go:
Vic’s Boot and Shoe
4396 U.S. 41, Naples
Phone: (239) 261-3948
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.