If you have a hard time finding shoes that fit, then you'll understand the appeal of the straight-out-of-the-'60s Brown Shoes. Sometimes DIY fittings in the Target shoe section just don't cut it.

If you have a hard time finding shoes that fit, then you'll understand the appeal of the straight-out-of-the-'60s Brown Shoes. Sometimes DIY fittings in the Target shoe section just don't cut it.

At the family-owned shop in Upper Arlington, staffers will size up your feet with the same metal measuring device you might remember from childhood - or they'll have you step, barefoot, onto a computerized scanner that analyzes your pressure points for an even more precise fit.

Then they'll suggest the shoes that might work best for you, and they'll even special-order something if needed. It's that attention to detail, expertise and old-school charm that keep Brown's dedicated clientele coming back.

Brown Shoes opened as a kids' shoe store in 1964, across the street from an elementary school. The store's offerings have evolved with the neighborhood's population.

These days, owner Jeff Brown no longer carries kids' shoes and has come to specialize in hard-to-fit feet, with wide widths, larger sizes and sole supports you won't find in bigger stores.

Sample shoes are displayed up front on shelves and towers, while the bulk of the boxes are stored in towering aisles behind the scenes.

Most of the walking, running and dress shoes are part of the everyday inventory - in fact, people who've purchased and worn out a pair of shoes can usually find the same ones when they come back in, Brown said. Popular brands of late are SAS, New Balance, Rockport and Sebago.

Seasonal shoes are mixed in, too, like Rainbow sandals in natural colors for men and women, colorful men's boat shoes and a few strappy, metallic heels with cushy, comfy soles.

Women's leather handbags are on display, as well as shoe-related accessories like brushes for suede footwear, fresh-smelling sprays and shoe stretchers. All sorts of insoles and gel toe caps and tubes hang from displays around the counter.

On warm, rain-free days, sale items and a selection of summery women's totes sit outside on the plaza's sidewalk.