Hmm...what would Ed say? "Tonight, we have a really big shoe show!" This company, founded by president Robert Tucker in Kannapolis, North Carolina, in 1960, performs at more than 1,100 locations in 36 states (in the Midwest and eastern half of the US) under stage names such as SHOE SHOW, Burlington Shoes, and The Shoe Dept. The company's long run -- more than 50 years -- may be related to the fact that it caters to local tastes and features kids' play areas to keep them entertained while Mom shops. The company expands through acquisitions and tailors each store's stock to the community it serves. Shoe Show stores offer open stock layouts for recognized brands including Rockport, Skechers, Converse, and Nine West.