About Us

At Dow's, we care about your comfort!

Ernest Dow opened Dow Shoe Store in 1958. Since then, we have been proudly serving the Gardner community and surrounding region. Generations of families come to Dow’s, and customers travel long distances to our destination store. Mr. Dow and his long-time employees show a strong commitment to quality and fit. His business philosophy is to treat every customer with professional service and respect. Specializing in hard-to-find sizes, we carry a variety of styles in extended sizing and widths for the entire family as well as specialty footwear, such as diabetic, orthotic-friendly, and AFO-adaptable. 

The friendly and skilled staff, with over 50 years of experience combined have worked together at Dow’s for many years. They built solid customer relationships, helping to serve each client’s unique needs. Can’t find what you need anywhere? Come to Dow’s! Experience exemplary customer service, get measured and fit properly. If you have been a customer once, you will be a customer for life!

From our family to yours, thank you!


Kristen K., Newton

“Loved the local feel of the store! My son was fitted and helped by Marlene. She was lovely and knowledgeable. Upon leaving we met the owner the sweetest gentleman. He said goodbye and thanked us for shopping local. We will be back!”

Andrew L., Hubbardston

“Best shoe store around. Great and friendly service. Do yourself a favor and buy some good shoes here…”

Heather M.

“Wonderful family owned business, with friendly and knowledgeable folks to help you find the right fit!”

Liz T., Templeton

“Dow’s has been fitting shoes for 5 generations of our family. The staff take the time to properly measure and fit your feet. They understand and apply their many years of experience to ensure you get the best fitting shoes possible.”

Dawn R.

“Love this small friendly store. Always find something I want/need!”

Debbie E., Leominster

“Love this store and the people that work there. They are very knowledgeable and helped me when I was having horrible foot issues. I am forever a grateful customer!”

Father Bob B., Leominster

“If you’re not wearing shoes that fit, nothing else you’re wearing makes any difference. The sales staff at Dow Shoe Store know shoes. Unlike department stores, where the salesperson may be in kitchen wares one day and sporting goods the next, Dow’s sells shoes and only shoes. They know how to correctly measure your feet and guarantee a perfect fit at a very reasonable price. For a man who is on his feet from 5:30 in the morning until 9 at night, I wouldn’t consider buying shoes anywhere else.”