About Us

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Steptoes was established in 1990, we have 2 shops, Bridport & Dorchester, we also trade online through this website and have been doing so since 2001.

We have always been proud of our high level of personal customer service, combined with quality branded products. We like to have a flexible attitude towards our customers and do what we can to help. Returns to us are pretty much hassle free, all details on our service can be found through these pages. Please remember: "We love what we do and we will always be happy to help you."

This will give you a little insight into the timeline of Steptoes and how we came to be:-

1981 - Riff started as a market trader selling cheap footwear out of a Ford Escort

1983 - He was joined by Julie Thorne, now driving over 1000 miles a week in a Mercedes van and working markets and fairs all over the South of England.

1987 - Julie's brother Jason came on board and a large trailer was added to the poor old Mercedes.

1990 - Steptoes Dorchester opened, run by Julie. Riff & Jason continue market trading.

1993 - Steptoes Bridport was opened and we branched out into clothing.

1994 - Put the Mercedes and trailer to rest and stopped market trading.

2000 - Riff & Julie tied the knot and got married.

2001 - www.steptoes.co.uk was launched with a small range of clogs and shoes.

2004 - The website became better and more popular, we became top Oakley Dealers.

2006 - Steptoes ceased to be, but it was replaced with Steptoes Ltd.

2008 - Dolly the Dog arrived, the cutest dog ever.

2009 - Serious Shop Fit took place, Oakley and Animal racks and a new floor (3rd image on the right)

2010 - New website built, Oakley account lost, Nike Vision account established.

2012 - Site revamped, Footwear and Toffeln Healthcare online sales increase.

2013 - Internet sales decreased as we were unable to compete with the likes of Amazon. (We pay tax). We have decided to concentrate on the bricks and mortar and get the heart of the business, the two shops, up to speed. What with the recession and all we had to make cuts and put all our thirty years experience to task and really come up with better value product and combine that with our high level of customer service. We are so lucky in Bridport and Dorchester as the local community really seems tuned in to the fact that local independent traders must be supported in order to survive