It all started in 1951 when our founder, R. Newton Riley, began working at a Dryer’s Shoe Store in his hometown of Lebanon, MO while in high school. In 1956 at the age of 20, he decided to move his family to Columbia and open his own shoe store which is still in the original location. Out of respect for the business that got him started, he decided to keep the name Dryer’s Shoe Store with the approval of his former employer. Once in Columbia, he decided to stock the business with the latest trends in footwear and was dedicated to providing the best customer service for his customers. Over the next 60 years and three generations later, our business has stayed true to our roots. Providing our Community with the the highest quality of footwear, latest trends and of course great customer service. As one of the oldest Downtown retailers, we invite to you stop by and experience a piece of Columbia history.