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Footwear supplier DR Shoes put into administration

DR Shoes, the Staffordshire-based footwear design and supply company behind canvas footwear brand Nanny State and trainer brand Babycham, went into administration last Thursday.

Husband-and-wife team Daren and Tracey Roe, who established DR Shoes in 2001, have appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to handle the process.

DR Shoes sold Nanny State and Babycham footwear, which it supplied to etailers such as Cloggs and Asos as well as bricks-and-mortar retailers including Schuh and Office and London indie Bullfrogs. It has also sold Dunlop and Jump in the past but it is unknown whether this is still the case.

It is understood that DR Shoes started to sell its products through etailer Amazon’s standalone footwear and handbag site Javari.co.uk last year, where they were often offered at a discount.

One retail managing director said his company stopped stocking DR Shoes’ brands as a result. “We cancelled our future orders because they started to sell on Javari. And other [retailers] pulled away because Amazon undercuts us. That didn’t do [DR Shoes] any favours.”

A number of other footwear businesses have entered administration during the downturn, including retailers Faith and Stylo.

PricewaterhouseCoopers and Amazon were all unavailable for comment. Roe could not be reached as Drapers went to press.

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