We spoke to 32 year-old Sean Clark, founder of Vancouver-based online footwear retailer ShoeMe.ca. In this interview, Clark told us about his website's phenomenal growth, and how his company allows those who live in remote Canadian locations the opportunity to purchase premium footwear. Sales are skyrocketing and forecasts predict sales of an impressive $30 million/year by 2015.
Clark may have gotten into this business at the right time - currently, only 2% of Canadian footwear sales are online. That number is expected to increase to 15% over the next five years, and ShoeMe.ca intends to capitalize on that growth.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 4, 2013) - Canadian retailers experienced record-breaking growth in sales last Monday as shoppers hit virtual stores to cash in on what's become the busiest online shopping day of the year. Canadian shoe e-tailer ShoeMe.ca saw its Cyber Monday sales figures increase 350 per cent from last year.
Clearly Contacts CEO Roger Hardy invests in Vancouver-based online shoe retailer ShoeMe.ca
When online footwear retailer ShoeMe.ca’s president Sean Clark wanted to create a successful e-commerce company, he looked to his ex-boss Roger Hardy, CEO of Vancouver-based ClearlyContacts.ca, for inspiration—and funding. Clark founded ShoeMe.ca after he left Clearly Contacts in December 2011, following two years with the company. Clark first caught Hardy’s attention as a UBC MBA intern, and after graduation the director of Australia and New Zealand position was created for him. Clark eventually moved to Sydney, Australia, for six months to head up the company’s overseas operations.
Two years ago Zappos announced that they were no longer shipping to Canada. Shoe aficionados were sad.
Vancouver's Sean Clark wants to make them happy again.
Clark pitched his 15-month-old, online footwear retailer ShoeMe.ca last night during Vancouver Enterprise Forum's Lightning Pitch panel.
The Globe and Mail: Sean Clark says he thinks his online footwear retailer ShoeMe.ca is a step ahead of the appetites Canadian consumers have for e-commerce.
To build the business, he’s teaming up with his former employer and CEO of corrective eyewear retailer Coastal Contacts Inc. – which operates as ClearlyContacts.ca in Canada – for some seed money and an office.