Zoom was first known as Universal Footwear and Trading Company Ltd. The company was established in 1993 by Philippe and Sheri Hasson who aimed to bring international footwear fashion to South Africa. In order to open the first store, Philippe had to sell the Harley Davidson that was a wedding present from his wife Sheri.
Now, there are many Zoom stores across the country and they import from and export to a wide range of countries including some African countries, Mauritius, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Other brands included under the Universal Footwear and Trading Company include Zoom Ladies, Zoom Mens, Danielle Michelle and Whistles.
Zoom has a large range of shoes including stilettos, wedges, boots, sandals, pumps, flats, ankle boots, platforms, knee high boots, wellingtons, brogues and many other types. The name of some of the designs include the Anabel, Annabelle, the Annette, the Ashlea, the Bessie, the Carolin, the Caron, the Elanor, the Ella, the Faith, the Leesa, the Raye, the Sandra, the Adelle, the Adorna, the Adriane, the Alexander, the Alisha, the Alisia, the Allyson, the Amie, the Annika, the Annita, the Beckie, the Bethanie, the Betsey, the Camden, the Cammie, the Cammy, the Candi, the Casandra, the Cassey and many, many others.
However, although Zoom shoes are relatively inexpensive compared to other shoes from similar brands, they still cost quite a bit of money. The best way to find affordable shoes is by looking at Zoom shoe factory shops. There are several throughout the country but there are also other factory shops that sell Zoom shoes at factory prices.
Some of the places where you can find Zoom shoes at factory prices include:
- Viviana Factory Shoe Shop in Salt River
- Footgear in Access Park
- Zoom Factory Outlet in Paarden Eiland
- Zoom Factory Outlet in Sable Square Outlet Village
Why buy clothing items from factory stores instead of normal outlets?
Factory stores offer good deals on brand name clothing from other normal franchises. The clothing, shoes and accessories are often much more affordable and the same quality as other brand name items. Often, if an item of clothing or a shoe in a batch from Zoom is slightly abnormal or damaged in any way, (for example a stitch done sideways or a zip slightly skew) the entire batch will be sent to a factory outlet and marked down. Sometimes these factory stores will have sales on items, discounting them even further. These sales might be due to any number of reasons including end of clearance and end of season sales.
It is essential, however, to make sure that you buy a good quality shoe that is not broken or worn in any way. Some shoes that are on sale might have certain defects or might be worn or even broken in some way. Although there might be some really good prices on broken or worn shoes it is better to rather avoid them and stick to better quality shoes that you will get a good wear out of. It is also a good idea to make sure that your shoes are the right fit for you.
Again, it may be tempting to go for shoes that are slightly too small or too big because they are on sale at a good price, but many people often regret doing this. It is also tempting to buy shoes that you do not really like just because they are cheap. It is important to make sure that you do not purchase shoes that you do not really like, that are the wrong size or that are worn or broken just because they are affordable and instead, look for the right pair of shoes.