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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 15th December, 2023)

McNulty Shoes


McNulty Shoes
Oldest shoe shop in Wigan. Library Street.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
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Comment by: PeterP on 15th December 2023 at 06:38

Bought many a pair of shoes from there over the year's. Glad to see the shop still going strong in this day and age.

Comment by: Shaun Devlin on 15th December 2023 at 08:21

Great to see it still open, was the place to go for your Royals back in th 70s along with Isherwoods.
Sold quality shoes and boots such as doc martens and casino diamonds.
Not many of these iconic stores left.

Comment by: Roylew on 15th December 2023 at 08:25

Never been in but I know it’s been part of Wigan for decades and survived…a really pleasant surprise

Comment by: ex wiganer on 15th December 2023 at 09:02

Blimey i am very surprised it is still going after all these years i bought myself a pair of royal shoes when they used to be in fashion from there in the 70s when they was all the trend. Hope it keeps trading many years to come.

Comment by: Julie on 15th December 2023 at 09:19

Could be renamed the only shoe shop in Wigan now.

Comment by: Poet on 15th December 2023 at 09:34

Possibly the oldest shop of any type in Wigan . Royals were the coolest shoes closely followed by Oxford brogues .

Comment by: Gary on 15th December 2023 at 09:35

My Dad bought a fashionable pair of chisel toe shoes there in 1962. He always looked after shoes. Only thrown out in 1970.
Suspect the family own the freehold, hence the building is in good condition.

Comment by: Garry on 15th December 2023 at 09:48

A quality shop with quality footwear for all ages.
Great to see a very clean shop. A credit to the owners.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 09:49

I used to love this shop..a good looking chap served me, and the younger fellow had a bit of a limp.. he always reminded me me of being half Mexican ..I bought a pair of shoes there in the 70’s , the nicest shoes I’ve ever had and the comfiest.. sling backs with the softest tan leather you would ever wear. You pay more but the quality is there.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 10:07

Good shoes for bad feet! It’s a lovely little shop. I used to go there for Nurse type shoes when I worked at Bolton Royal. They were a comfort for running around the hospital. I am glad the shop is still there…it’s needed. No use ordering shoes off th’internet when you have bunions like onions!

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 11:11

Veronica..I too also got my nurses shoes there and they were so comfy for running around the ward ..and I also have horrible bunions...spend my life in trainers now.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 12:50

Me too Maureen I’m still wearing my pumps!
Merry Christmas Luv.

Comment by: Mandy on 15th December 2023 at 13:27

Women in trainers yuk. Wrong shoe wear, OK for athletes and runners. They were originally designed for men.
They can be a very tidy sum today.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 14:02

Mandy yuk to you too....hope you never get bunions..that would teach you when to keep quiet.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 14:05

Veronica ...And a Merry Christmas to you flower..

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 14:20

Ignore it Maureen …we’ve done the work - we are entitled to wear what we want. And afford to.

Comment by: Sally on 15th December 2023 at 15:11

I agree nowt looks worse than an old woman in trainers.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 15:33

Mandy..I bet you wear trousers..they were originally designed for men.

Comment by: Mandy on 15th December 2023 at 16:18

I'll never get or had bunions because I've never worn tight sweaty trainers so I wouldn't know. Never worn trousers only Jeans.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 15th December 2023 at 16:38

Try to picture a young woman , forcing a Big Mac down her gullet , covered in tattoos with random bits of metal poking through various parts of her clock Sal …

That vision of feminine beauty must surely rate as a contender … don’t you think ?

You know the ones I mean , you must have seen them … I see them every day . They’re all over Wiggin .
I’ve seen worse than that an’ all … but I’ll spare you the details just in case you’re about to have your Kellogg’s .

Merry Christmas Sal ….
and a sausage on a string .

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 16:43

Now now Sally,who are you calling old ..Sally is an old woman's name......or are you a certain someone else....end of debate as far as I'm concerned.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 17:33

Mandy.i hope you never enter a competition on how do you get bunions..you've lost already..isn't it surprising how an ordinary photo can bring out the worst in some ignorant people,they must have very sad lives..I also refuse to read any more of your rubbish,it isn't a very intellectual conversation..

Comment by: methinks on 15th December 2023 at 17:43

Maureen the saying "if it suits the wearer, forget the stirrer".
To many people voice an unnecessary opinion.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 17:45

Ripped jeans and more hOles than denim..ugh!
Not forgetting men’s work boots to match. Very delicate I must say.

Comment by: Methinks on 15th December 2023 at 17:48

Really good to see an old established Wigan business trading. There's so many corporate outlets every town centre nearly the same.

Comment by: Mandy on 15th December 2023 at 18:37

Well I've never had bunions, I've always had my feet measured so they are not too tight, especially round the toes.
Look after yourself and Happy Xmas.

Comment by: DTease on 15th December 2023 at 19:08

Why is everybody so bad tempered these days?
Must be the weather.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 15th December 2023 at 19:26

Brian your keeping busy,it’s good to see McNulty’s are still going even though I used Kay’s on Darlington street for ex army boots for work 30 bob a pair when times where hard and the last shoe shop closed this year in Westhoughton it’s now yet another coffee shop.By the way my wife wears trainers and looks fine there gortex and comfy.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 15th December 2023 at 19:46

A number of years ago Veronica … and I’m going back to the time when ripped jeans were just becoming fashionable by the way .

My friend’s adolescent daughter, not unreasonably , requested a pair for Christmas .

She’s an adult now by the way with kids of her own .

Anyroad , Santa Clause duly obliged .

A fortnight later , her mother was instructed to take them back to the outlet from whence they had emerged , as the holes in them had become enlarged …

Do you think I’m joking ?

Rest assured , I’m deadly serious , as I don’t actually possess the mental capacity to invent a scenario as improbable as this .

Fast forward 15 Years or so and I constantly go around in ripped jeans .

I’ve been wearing ripped kecks for years actually . In fact I most probably invented them.

( you may have seen me riding through Wiggin on my retro bike wearing ripped jeans and a ripped hi-viz jacket ) …

… although I fail to get the impression that I’m considered ‘cool’ .

Now , am I doing something that I shouldn’t be doing, or am I not doing something that I should be doing ?

Mi Mam would have patched ‘em , but I just chuck ‘em on the AGA .

It s cheaper than either patching or washing ‘em , and I can make a brew with the thermal units emitted at the same time .

Now try doing that with yer gas central heating you smug gits .

Comment by: Pat McC on 15th December 2023 at 20:15

Just googled this business and it says that James McNulty came from Ireland and opened a shoe shop in Scholes in 1858, later opening the Library Street shop. What a track record. Quality and durability have proved a successful combination. Not many businesses have survived the years and are still leading the way.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th December 2023 at 20:40

Veronica..I too also got my nurses shoes there and they were so comfy for running around the ward ..and I also have horrible bunions...spend my life in trainers now.

Comment by: Arthur on 15th December 2023 at 20:42

Dead right methinks.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 15th December 2023 at 22:20

I bought a pair of brown slip on shoes from here around 1967. I had them soled and heeled that many times I could have bought 3 or 4 new pairs a lot cheaper than it cost to repair them. I loved those shoes Best pair of shoes I have owned. At the time I think they cost about twice the cost of a pair from Timpsons but they were well worth it.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th December 2023 at 22:51

I remember McNulty’s in Scholes Pat that’s where my ‘best’ shoes came from. Every shop you could think of in the fifties and sixties in Scholes. These days Ozy anything goes! It’s known some folk drop their kids off wearing pyjamas so “ripped keks”…wouldn’t be noticed in this day and age.
Bunions are NOT caused by shoes either. For the uninitiated and uninformed they are hereditary..

Comment by: Wigan Podiatrist on 16th December 2023 at 12:08

I’ll fitting shoes are the main cause of bunions. ie: high heels with narrow pointed toes.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th December 2023 at 13:57

Well,my Dad had bunions,and they've been passed down to me..and he never wore high heels or narrow pointed toe shoes..they're definitely inherited.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th December 2023 at 14:22

“ Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot.”
Narrow pointed shoes don’t help.
Mine are inherited.

Comment by: Wigan Podiatrist on 16th December 2023 at 23:21

Bunions develop at the MTP joint and form when the bones that make up the MTP joint move out of alignment due, in particular, to repetitive trauma.
Although genetic factors may play a role in whether or how quickly you develop bunions, in most cases bunions are widely attributed to the wearing of shoes that are too tight.

(consultant orthopaedic surgeon)

Comment by: Maureen on 17th December 2023 at 01:03

All my childhood years I wore the same brown sandals from M&S every year my Mam took me for new ones..every time my Dad got new bedroom slippers , he had to cut them down the side his bunions were so big.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th December 2023 at 09:09

That’s no Professional Maureen. Somebody messing about. Same with “Mandy”.

Comment by: Maureen on 17th December 2023 at 12:23

Why don't they just play with their toes if they've nothing better to do,it's what babies do....got to feel sorry for them really.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th December 2023 at 12:50

LOL…xx

Comment by: Sylvia on 17th December 2023 at 19:00

Does anyone know how long this shop has been here? I remember it from at least 1965.

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