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Billy Robinson from Hill Top Toes tells all in this exclusive Q&A

How and when was your business born?  

In 2018 we relocated from South Africa to Sydney then decided to make the Sunshine Coast our home. 

I found this quaint little shoe shop for sale in Montville – it was meant to be. 

What do you love most about your business?

I must love it as I’ve been in the industry for 45 years! 

In 1974 my friend got me a job in a shoe factory and since then I have worked in every aspect of footwear from the factory to material supply and now retail. 

How would you describe Hill Top Toes?  

A unique shoe shop in the heart of Montville. I stock shoes you cannot get from the big malls. I try to buy different styles, not run-of-the-mill shoes. 

 How would you describe your clients?  

My shoes really appeal to a 35-plus market looking for something different. My customers know they will find something quirky in my shop. 

What do you love most about working and living on the Sunshine Coast? 

I am a Golden Beach resident and I really enjoy working in the village of Montville. 

I get the best of both worlds – beachside and hinterland!

What advice can you share with fashion start-ups and retailers?  

It’s easier when you start a business that you are passionate about and have great knowledge in. 

 What can we expect to see in footwear this season?

Strappy sandals are hugely popular for Spring and Summer and we are also excited to showcase our new vegan leather shoes.

Comfort is king as well and we have that covered within the ranges we stock.


Fave

Fave Hobby: Sport – I love watching the cricket, rugby league and union 

Fave Food: Steak 

Fave Colour: Blue and Red 

Fave Saying: “No Problem” 

Fave Accessory: SHOES! 

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