Voted Number One Shoe Store in the Region
New England's largest selection of top quality shoes for women, men, and children.
Best in class in mens shoes
Find a vast selection of superior mens leather dress shoes and loafers.
Modern, classic flats
Check out our great assortment of women's shoes.
Camp ready at The Kids Barn
The Kids Barn will have your kids camp ready in no time!
Kick off your summer adventure with us
Water shoes, sandals, flip flops... all your kids' summer footwear needs are here.
Quality shoes and apparel for the entire family
Check out our wide assortment of casual apparel for the whole family.
Take to the Highway
Hoka brand running shoes are taking the country by storm.


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We have some sad news we’d like to share with our loyal customers and followers. Karen Stives, an integral part of The Barn’s family, recently passed away due to a long battle with cancer. Karen’s father, Russell Wennbergh founded The Barn in 1948, and after his passing, Karen’s mom assumed the leadership role at The Barn. Karen carried the torch for over 25 years after her mother’s retirement. It was Karen’s expressed wish that The Barn continue to be run as a family-run business. This will be a seamless transition and we look forward to continuing to serve you with the high standards that you have come to expect from us. Karen will be missed by the countless lives she touched both in and out of the store. In the words of her good friend and equestrian colleague, Jim Wolf, “She was a small package with a thousand-pound brain.”

Karen was a world-class equestrian who achieved many awards and medals during her illustrious career. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she anchored the United States Olympic Eventing Team that won the Team Gold Medal while also winning the individual Silver. She was the first woman in history to win an individual Olympic Three-Day-Event medal.

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In 1995, Karen expanded the family concept behind The Barn by converting the adjacent building into The Kids Barn. The Kids Barn is an entire store dedicated to children’s footwear and sportswear. Together, The Barn and The Kids Barn have been the recipients of numerous awards, repeatedly winning Wicked Local and The Boston Parents Paper #1 shoe store in the region. We look forward to upholding Karen’s gold standard of excellence and family legacy by continuing to serve you and your family with all of your footwear needs in the years ahead.

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As one of New England’s oldest, award-winning shoe stores, we’re helping to get your summer off to a sizzling start by offering you spectacular savings now in women’s, men’s, and kid’s selected footwear and apparel. Why wait to look good and feel good in high quality summer shoes and casual apparel when you can enjoy up to $50 off on selected in-stock styles now?  Come in and check out the hottest summer shoes and sandals by such notable brands as women’s Merrells, Cobb Hill, Born, Pikolinos, Beautifeel, and Earth to mention a few all-stars.  Consider a pair of the casually cool Clarks sandals for men and women.  And our kids department is teeming with summer sandals, flip flops, and sneakers at amazing prices that are must-haves for your child’s active lifestyle. Shoes make an outfit no matter what you choose to wear for pants and a top. We’ll help you make a statement in comfort, style, and savings!

The Barn, conveniently located at 25 Kempton Place in West Newton,  offers one of the largest selections of shoes, sandals, and sneakers for the entire family. New shipments are being delivered daily, with many styles at end of season prices,  so now is the time to shop for the best selection in style and size! We buy only the top performers in footwear for women, kids, and men to ensure that your new shoes, and those of your loved ones, are comfortable, fit well, and are durable.  Our staff has been expertly trained on the fit and workmanship on every brand of shoe we carry so we can help you find the perfect pair of shoes to get you where you need to go. We believe that style and comfort are not mutually exclusive!


The Barn Family Shoe Store is one of New England’s favorite destinations and we’re looking to expand our team so we can continue to give our customers the extraordinary service you have come to expect from us. We are looking to hire several permanent part-time cashiers and sales associates in both the adult and kids Barn. In particular, we are currently in need of a part-time sales associate in The Kids Barn. No prior experience is necessary. Just a desire to work as a team and enjoy the exciting world of retail.

Vice President and General Manager Joe Carrigan oversees operations and hiring. Joe works alongside a team of seasoned managers, buyers, sales associates and highly experienced administrative and support staff. Our mission at The Barn Family Shoe Store is focused on providing customers of all ages a positive and memorable experience. It is no wonder that several of The Barn’s associates have been working at the store for over 18 years! If you’re interested in finding out more, please email Joe at

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Gift Card

The Barn Gift Card is the perfect gift for the special people in your life. It acts just like a debit card- you choose the amount you’d like to give, ($1,000 or less), and the recipient can redeem for merchandise of their choice worth an equal or lesser value. Gift Cards are purchased on our website or in-store and they will be mailed directly to the recipient. And, they can be redeemed at either The Barn or The Kids Barn. Shopping for that special occasion, holiday, or just because you want them to know you care, doesn’t get any easier!