Brown Shoe Company Celebrates 100 Years of Listing on the New York Stock Exchange

  Brown Shoe Company Celebrates 100 Years of Listing on the New York Stock
  Exchange

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 23, 2014

Brown Shoe Company (NYSE: BWS)(brownshoe.com), owner of brands such as Famous
Footwear, Sam Edelman, Via Spiga and Naturalizer, will ring The Closing Bell®
at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) this afternoon to celebrate the
company’s 100^th anniversary of listing on the NYSE. Diane Sullivan, CEO,
president and chairman of Brown Shoe Company will do the honors, marking the
century milestone.

Diane Sullivan, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board, Brown Shoe Company
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Diane Sullivan, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board, Brown Shoe Company
(Photo: Business Wire)

Sullivan will be joined by members of the Brown Shoe Company executive team
and board of directors, as well as Grammy-award-winning artist and style icon
Fergie.

“100 years on the New York Stock Exchange is a humbling milestone,” said
Sullivan.“But now, more than ever before, Brown Shoe Company is right where
it should be. Our past proves we have what it takes to succeed over the long
term. Today, our company is full of a lot of good people who work hard and do
it with great character. I have no doubt - with their focus on our amazing
brands and shoes - we have what it takes to be even more successful in the
future. Together we are transforming Brown Shoe Company from a company that
many have never heard of, to one they won’t forget.”

Brown Shoe Company is only the 24^th company to reach the century mark of
listing on the NYSE. The company was founded by George Warren Brown in 1878 in
St. Louis. Today the company has more than 11,000 employees and has products
available through more than 1,200 retail stores, 10 wholesale brands, 14
branded e-commerce sites, and sells more than 48 million pairs of shoes
through its wholesale operations.

In 2013, the stock price for the calendar year increased more than 50% and
earnings per share improved almost 25%. Both the retail and wholesale
businesses showed improvement, with Famous Footwear same-store sales up 2.9%
and wholesale operations up 5.3% last year.

About Brown Shoe Company

Brown Shoe Company is a $2.5 billion, global, footwear company whose shoes are
worn by people of all ages, from all walks of life. Our products are available
virtually everywhere — in the over 1,200 Famous Footwear and Naturalizer
retail stores we operate, in hundreds of major department and specialty
stores, on 14 branded ecommerce sites, and on many additional third-party
retail websites. Through our broad range of products, we serve three key
market segments. Our Family brands — Famous Footwear, Famous.com, and
shoes.com — are one-stop-shopping destinations for high quality, affordable
styles for a family’s every occasion. Active people who want comfort, style
and performance can look to our Healthy Living brands — Naturalizer, Dr.
Scholl's, LifeStride and Ryka. Our Contemporary Fashion brands — Via Spiga,
Vince, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear — keep
fashionistas in step with the latest trends. At Brown Shoe Company, we inspire
people to feel good and live better... feet first!

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Contact:

Brown Shoe Company
Kelly Malone, 314-854-4093
kmalone@brownshoe.com
 
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