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English: Payless ShoeSource is an American/Canadian discount footwear retailer headquartered in Topeka in 1956 by cousins Louis and Shaol Pozez that is owned by Collective Brands, Inc. In 1961, it became a public company as the Volume Shoe Corporation which merged with the May Department Stores Company in 1979. In the 1980s, Payless was widely known in the U.S. for its Pro Wings line of discount sneakers, which often had Velcro straps instead of laces. In 1996, Payless ShoeSource became an independent publicly held company. In 2004, Payless ShoeSource announced it would exit the Parade chain and would close 100 Payless Shoe outlets. On August 17, 2007, the company acquired the Stride Rite Corporation and changed its name to Collective Brands, Inc. The company had a total revenue for 2011 of $3.4 billion.
Español: Payless ShoeSource es una tienda estadounidense de calzado de descuento fundada en Topeka en 1956 por los hermanos Louis y Shaol Pozez y que hoy en día es propiedad de Collective Brands, Inc.