Downes Shoes Brisbane’s own Dr Martens Specialist was established over 100 years ago, and has traded in Fortitude Valley ever since.
Barry Toombs, a qualified tradesman, purchased the business in the early 80′s and has carried on the good will of the past owners ever since.
In early 1990 the major shopping center in Fortitude Valley closed which had a major impact on local small businesses including Barry’s.
Barry, with his extensive knowledge of footwear construction, coupled with his cobblers frustration at the dwindling quality of modern shoes, decided to specialise in retailing footwear that a boot-maker could back.
Barry began researching Shoe and Boots that fit the Valley, were unique and under-exposed in the market, and had of course sewn on soles! No half life plastics and glues, just real leather, therapeutically made, and cool! He found Dr Martens and began importing them from the UK with a fellow from Sydney who ran the Sydney City and Kings Cross Doc shops. Within the first year Dr Martens Australia was established, fast forward 30 years and Downes Shoes has become Australia’s longest running Dr Martens Specialist Store! -And Barry’s still here, although now we call him the Doc Father!