Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped many shoe stores choose the right retail POS software so they can maintain stock of shoes in various sizes and track customer data.

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Epos Now

Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including gen... Read more

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NetSuite

NetSuite is a business management software suite offered as a service that performs enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) functions. It is a horizontal package designed for an extensive rang... Read more

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Lightspeed Retail

Lightspeed Retail is a cloud-based POS solution that is suitable for retailers in industries such as apparel, footwear, bike, jewelry, pet, sporting goods and home decor. The solution offers retailers tools including inventory man... Read more

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Rain POS

Rain retail software is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and integrated website solution that is Mac OS and Windows compatible. Rain is an all-in-one platform designed for small to medium sized specialty retailers that offer... Read more

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CAP Retail Point of Sale

CAP Retail Point of Sale is built to support retailers, including specialty businesses such as tobacco and vape shops, liquor, wine and beer stores, lawn and garden centers, hardware stores, convenience stores, groceries and marke... Read more

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Shopify

Shopify is a web-based e-commerce platform that offers a mobile POS (mPOS) system. The mPOS enables users to manage their business and complete transactions in-store as well as at markets, pop-ups, and trade shows. The e-commerce ... Read more

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Heartland Retail

Heartland Retail, formerly Springboard Retail, is a web-based retail solution designed for multi-channel and multi-store retailers. Heartland's point of sale system is fully accessible through any modern web browser on any de... Read more

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Visual Retail Plus

Visual Retail Plus is an integrated system that gives retailers a single centralized location to manage Point of Sale, Inventory Management and more, all tailored to each retailer's unique needs. With more than 20 years in the ind... Read more

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Brightpearl

Brightpearl is omnichannel-native and designed specifically for retail. It is built to reliably handle peak trading, and it integrates with the full retail tech ecosystem, providing real-time trading insights. And it’s all automat... Read more

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RunIt RealTime Cloud

RunIt RealTime is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and inventory management solution that caters to businesses in industries like multi-store apparel, footwear, sports and gift and merchandizes. Key features include business inte... Read more

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Fattmerchant

Fattmerchant is a cloud-based accounting solution suitable for businesses of all sizes across industries such as e-commerce, healthcare and retail. Key features of the solution include point of sale integration, mobile processing,... Read more

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CORESense

CORESense is a cloud-based point of sale and retail management solution that is designed for merchants. The solution helps retailers to keep track of their in-house inventories and manage orders received from customers. The r... Read more

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Chondrion

Chondrion’s cloud-based selling and fulfillment suite is designed with a focus on automation instead of manual intervention. Integrated modules include Inventory Management, supply-chain optimization, Customer Service, Point-of-Sa... Read more

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PayPal

PayPal is a digital payment platform that enables businesses and individuals to pay and accept payments through an online portal without revealing any financial details. The solution is suitable for businesses of all sizes. P... Read more

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Square Point of Sale

Square Point of Sale is a mobile POS system available for iOS and Android devices. Key capabilities of the Square POS system include online payment processing, sales reports, inventory tracking, digital receipts, Square marketing ... Read more

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PayPal Here

PayPal Here is a mobile application that allows retailers and merchants to process transactions. The application uses a card reader device attached to a smartphone. This solution helps retailers and field sales staff to process tr... Read more

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Cin7

Cin7 is a cloud-based retail management solution with e-commerce, inventory management, point of sale (POS) and reporting features. The solution combines the functions of inventory management, POS, third-party logistics (3PL) and ... Read more

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Square for Retail

Square for Retail is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and retail solution for all retailers. Key features include inventory management, customer relationship management, reporting and employee management. The solution comes with ... Read more

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Vend

Vend is a cloud-based point of sale system for retailers of all types and sizes. Vend offers tools to help manage the customer experience, as well as sales, inventory, customer data and more. Vend is designed to work on vario... Read more

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Quickbooks Point of Sale

QuickBooks Point of Sale is a retail point of sale system suitable for various small businesses such as clothing and shoe stores, small franchises, sporting goods stores and gift shops. It offers inventory and customer management ... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: April 7, 2021

Footwear is difficult inventory. A single shoe in three colors in standard sizes and widths could be as many as 108 different stock keeping units (SKUs). There may be matching accessories, which may also be in colors and sizes. Then there are special orders for the styles and sizes that are not in stock. There are even shoes that can be dyed to match the color of a particular outfit. Shoe sales are fiercely competitive; programs to encourage customer loyalty are common. So, shoe stores are adopting electronic communications as part of maintaining customer relationships.

Because of the complexity of the inventory, order entry and inventory receiving are critical functions. Payroll is standard, although commissions sales are the rule. Accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledger are also standard. While most systems are premises based, software as a service (SaaS) is a small but growing option for retail shoe store systems.

There are some interesting customer relationship management (CRM) issues. Usually, one of the benefits of being a supporting member of the organization, for example, a contributing member of a museum, is a discount at the gift shop. Another factor is subscription sales. Some gift stores sell limited-edition items; patrons can subscribe to the items and receive a notification when a new group is in stock.

Here's what we'll cover:

What is Footwear and Shoe Store POS Software?

Point of sale (POS) software is a business management solution for retailers that helps them manage their inventory control, point-of-sales operations and retail accounting operations. POS software allows users to manage both in-store as well as online purchases and transactions.

Most of the products offer a barcode scanner integration that allows retailers to read product information using the barcode labels. This functionality enables faster and efficient checkouts at the payment counter. Some vendors in the market also offer POS hardware along with the software set, which comprises of cash registers, a printer, customer screen and barcode reader. Alternately, users can also choose to deploy their software on their personal devices, such as PCs, Mac computers and iPads.

There are both cloud-based and on-premise products in the POS software market. While cloud-based systems offer ease of use for non-technical business users, the on-premise systems offer lower costs for long-term use.

Common Features of Footwear and Shoe Store POS Software

In addition to the core accounting functions, footwear and shoe store operators should evaluate the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Size, width and color matrix The key to a successful footwear inventory software system is a matrix of modifiers. The general description is entered once and the sizes, widths and colors are listed as modifiers to the basic description. The inventory must track each item as a separate SKU and maintain separate reorder points.
Accessory coordination Many shoe makers provide matching accessories, such as belts and handbags. In other cases, different manufacturers make accessories to “coordinate” with shoes. The inventory and POS system should list matching accessories on hand and available as special orders.
Customer relationship management Because of competition from online, warehouse and department stores, shoe specialty stores have aggressively adopted CRM. In particular, they are adopting social networking by establishing Facebook pages and tweeting coupons to registered customers. The system should also track color, style and designer preferences to notify customers when new shipments are due.
Customer loyalty program As part of CRM and to further solidify customer relations, many shoe stores have customer loyalty programs. The store system should track sales history and monitor loyalty program points awarded and redeemed.
Prescription management If the shoe store offers orthopedic supplies, the system needs to track prescriptions for clients and doctor contact information. The system should also notify customers if prescriptions should be updated, for example, as children grow they need to have their prescriptions changed.
UPC database Because of the large number of shoes, other footwear and accessories from numerous vendors, the system needs to provide a catalog of products and UPCs. The catalog must be updated frequently or better yet, available online.
Split tender The system must be able to accept payment over several different methods. For example, a customer may want to pay with cash and two different credit cards. The system must properly apply the split payments to the correct ledger accounts.
Package sales The system should support combining different inventory items into a single package. The POS should treat the package as a single SKU, but correctly adjust the inventory level for each item.
Inventory images Since many shoes are similar, the inventory system should show pictures of the inventory. Advanced systems will be able to show each item in the inventory in all available colors.

Market Trends to Understand

The landscape of footwear retail is constantly changing due to advances in both POS hardware and software technologies. Below are a few trends that are shaping up the footwear and shoe retail software market:

  • E-commerce integration: According to the NDP Group, a market research firm, footwear and shoe retail market alone accounts for 23 percent of total online sales in the United States. This poses a significant business opportunity for shoe retailers to sell their products online. As a result, many vendors in the market have started offering website integration in their product offerings. Some products also allow users to set up an e-commerce website to manage their online presence.
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  • Gift cards and loyalty programs: Gift cards have become highly popular gifts in the past couple of years. Gift cards, therefore, occupy a vital space in the retail marketplace. Leveraging this trend, POS software vendors are offering loyalty programs and gift card integration. This trend is expected to pick up further as the gift card market completely transitions to online mode from the traditional paper format.
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  • Tablet POS: This software helps users conduct transactions using their tablets. Tablet POS is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional hardware-based POS solutions due to the lower costs and ease of use. Also, it’s more convenient to use tablet POS applications than mobile POS software because of the bigger screen size. More and more stores are expected to offer this feature in the future.