155 years of footwear

Grundy’s Shoes, a proud South Australian family owned and operated business, is now in their 155th year, spanning 7 generations and counting.

The oldest continuous Rundle Street trader and one of the oldest family businesses in South Australia, there is much to celebrate.

Setting in motion the establishment of the family business over 155 years ago, Thomas Judd emigrated as a 10 year old boy with his family from England aboard the sailing ship Taymouth Castle in 1855. In a twist of fate, Thomas tripped and broke his leg on the voyage, which was poorly set by the ship’s surgeon. Corrective shoes were not readily available in the fledgling colony, so Thomas, with the help of his bootmaker uncle, learnt how to make his own shoes. 

A respected footwear company, built on providing quality comfort footwear, Grundy’s is as passionate today as they were 155 years ago. Offering the world’s leading brands and styles, crafted from the best materials.

In 1868 Thomas opened The Star Boot Manufactory on East Terrace and in 1889 moved to larger premises on Rundle Street. Over the years the business evolved, with names you may remember, Judds, Barlows and Grundy’s.

Founded by Thomas Judd, the Whittenbury name came into the business in 1895 when Stanley Whittenbury married third generation Vera Judd and joined the business. The Whittenbury name remains to this day with sixth and seventh generations now working in the business.

Grundy’s rich family history, wonderful loyal customers, quality comfort footwear and good old fashioned customer service has spanned generations. The doors have remained open throughout two world wars and the Great Depression, with the only time the doors were shut in its 155 year history was due to the COVID lockdowns in 2020.

A respected footwear company, built on providing quality comfort footwear, Grundy’s is as passionate today as they were 155 years ago. Offering the world’s leading brands and styles, crafted from the best materials.

With locations in Rundle Street, Jetty Road Glenelg and Ocean Street Victor Harbor, Grundy’s are local, convenient and easy to access. Their Online store offer the same range and convenience, reaching across Australia and New Zealand.

Nowhere in South Australia can you find the experience, range and service Grundy’s are so proud to provide.

Grundy’s, the go to store for shoes to fit your lifestyle.

Autumn/Winter 2023 Catalogue out now 


Grundy’s Shoes

186a Rundle St, Adelaide | 102 Jetty Rd, Glenelg

grundysshoes.com.au

@grundysshoes

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