Ed Esposito, of Esposito's shoes in Exeter, was at a Leadership Wilkes-Barre fund raiser where he met Linda Armstrong and learned about Luzerne County Dress for Success, a program which provides professional attire for disadvantaged women for job interviews and career advancement.
We have a lot women customers who bring shoes in for repair, Esposito said. We decided to do a drive for Linda by asking our existing repair customers to donate gently-used shoes that are job interview appropriate. And just through word of mouth in the store we exceeded what we thought it was going to do.
Esposito's collected over 200 pairs of women's dress shoes. Charlie Falchetti, Esposito's store manager and a board certified pedorthist, sanitized, buffed and repaired the shoes when needed, but often repairs weren't needed.
Esposito picked up a pair and said, Look at these, some of theseshoes weren't even worn. And a lot of them are upper end. Some of these are $400 shoes. And we got high end purses, too.
Shoe donations are still being accepted at Esposito's at 1054 Exeter Avenue in Exeter.
Esposito said because of the success of the collection he and Falchetti are going to run the program again next year.
The great thing about it, Esposito said, is the shoes stay local.