Famous Footwear in Marine Park gives out free kicks

Sole salvation! Kings Plaza store gives out free shoes

Free shoes!: Famous Footwear employees Louise Pierre and Alin Moriscette celebrated the store’s grand opening in Kings Plaza with a raffle for free shoes.
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They got their kicks!

One hundred lucky shoe-lovers won a free pair at Famous Footwear’s grand opening at Kings Plaza on April 16. Getting to choose a fresh pair of sneakers was even more exciting for one winner who said it was the first time Lady Luck has smiled on her.

“That was incredible,” said Bay Ridgite Anna Rathkopf who walked off in a pair of red Converse. “The first time I have ever won anything.”

And the fortune didn’t end there — another shopper who walked away with some new soles wasn’t even planning on buying shoes that day.

Famous Footwear employees summoned her inside as she was walking past the store and she just happened to be a winner, the lucky shopper said.

“That’s why I was so surprised!” said East New York resident Kiya Johnson who won new Nikes.

The event was such a success that Famous Footwear will host more raffles every Saturday from now until June 4, and a winner will be chosen every hour — so everybody should come check out the new location, one worker said.

“We thank everybody for coming out and hope more people come,” said manager Kimmie Bygrave.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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