Who we are:


You could say footwear is in our blood. McDiarmids founder James McDiarmid, began an apprenticeship with local footwear manufacturer John Allen at Allen House, 42 Thames St. This is where he, and colleague Samuel McDonald trained for four years before becoming qualified shoemakers. Mr Allen passed away in 1893. McDiarmid and McDonald formed a partnership and purchased the business. In 1899 Mr McDiarmid bought out Mr McDonald and he maintained his own store and factory on Thames St. The manufacturing side of the business ceased in 1916.

We have come a long way since then – especially our footwear, but although we don’t manufacture we still repair shoes using traditional skills and craftmanship with the latest cemented technology. One thing hasn’t changed and that’s our commitment to generations of families who trust us to offer the very best quality in global brands sourced internationally. We understand the foot dynamics and the importance of correctly measured and fitted shoes especially in children. As a distinctive local business we are dedicated to having an open dialogue with our customers so do ask us if you’re having trouble finding something – we would love to know.

We are New Zealand's oldest shoe store.

Grant McDiarmid 4th Generation & Current owner
Ken McDiarmid
1928 - 2001
Ewart McDiarmid - son of James.
1899 - 1967
James McDiarmid - founder.
1871 - 1943