Fifth Station/ Very Good Trading Co.
Business/ Shoe Retail
Address/ Ground Floor, 16 Western Street
In Cantonese, the shop’s name means “very good”, and it is also the homophone of “Centre Street”, where the shop was first opened. The shop was opened by Mr. and Mrs. Chan at the juncture of Queens Road and Centre Street, before it moved to its current address due to a rent increase in the 90s. The shop now mainly sells leather shoes to students. One can also find in the shop the kind of white sports shoes that were extremely popular among students in the 80s.
Before factories in Hong Kong moved to Mainland China, “Very Good Trading Co.” allowed clients to place orders for their shoes to be made in local factories. Though now times have changed and the shoe ordering service is no longer available, the price of shoes is still very reasonable. In the shop, there is a wooden shoe last that was used to enlarge residents’ shoes by one or two sizes. With more than 30 years’ history, this wooden shoe last reflects Hong Kong people’s frugal lifestyle in the old days.