About Us

Forbes Footwear, Hornsby’s oldest retailer was established in 1940 by the late James Forbes, a gold miner from Charters Towers in Queensland. James’s philosophy was simple, “If you provide a quality product and unmatched service for a fair price the customer will be satisfied and will always return”.

While James is no longer with us his philosophy remains as an objective for our company. Located in Hornsby, on the northern end of Sydney New South Wales, Forbes Footwear remains a family owned and run business to this day. We are now a fourth generation company. We constantly strive to provide new and varied products that are not commonly found through the larger chain retailers as well as providing top levels of service through well trained and knowledgeable staff.

Forbes Footwear Showroom

Traditionally Forbes Footwear has been recognised through Sydney as a children’s fitting specialist. We carry brands and styles that provide maximum support and comfort for children’s growing and developing feet. Our staff know which options are the best to suit each child. We are a Clark’s platinum store, meaning that we stock the full range of Clarks multi width fittings. We carry a complete range of childrens shoes, offering many choices in sports, casual and dress shoes for children as well as providing first walkers for the junior end.

Over the years we have developed our ranges to accommodate harder to fit feet.

Second generation Forbes, Warren had large feet and found in difficult to find shoes to fit that were fashionable. He made it his business to cater for this area. In the men’s area we carry many ranges up to a size 16 with some sports shoes reaching a size 20. We can accommodate large size men with dress shoes, casual shoes, sports shoes, work shoes and boots. We are constantly sourcing new suppliers to expand on our large size ranges.

We also carry a wide range of styles to suit orthotics. As the benefits of orthotics become more widely known it becomes apparent that not all shoes are suitable to wear them with. We have sourced a wide range of shoes from a variety of suppliers that not only will take an orthotic comfortably but also remain a fashionable looking shoe at the same time. If you have been having difficulty finding shoes that are comfortable with your orthotics but also fashionable, please come in and have one of our sales people run you through the many options we can provide.