Our History

Leisures About Us


Leisures Shoe Boutique was established in 1999 by CEO, Michael Newton-Brown. Michael is a third generation footwear retailer. His Grandmother Eunice Jackson started her retail stores in Sydney in 1943. In 2015 the Eunice Jackson stores were incorporated into the Leisures business. From our range of footwear, to our customer service it’s clear Leisures was built on three generations of shoe lovers and makers.


Leisures Shoe Boutique Head Office

Leisures buyer, Lyndal and Leisures owner and CEO, Mike.



Michael Newton-Brown

The CEO and heart behind Leisures. Mike started Leisures when he returned from mission work in Africa in the late 90s with the idea of providing women with footwear for everyday life. His aim is to provide an exceptional experience, great quality, comfort and versatility. Mike is married the love of his life, Liz. They have 3 adult children, Sarah, a novelist and budding theologian, Ellie, an emergency nurse and Woody (Edward), a youth pastor at a local church. Mike’s desire has always been about helping people, it fuels all that he does and all that Leisures is.


Lyndal Jirgenson

Meet Lyndal, our talented buyer. After many management roles in retail, Lyndal came to Leisures part time after having her first baby in 2013. When returning to work after her 2nd baby in 2015, she took on the role of accessories buyer. With a couple of very successful seasons under her belt she expanded her role to include buying everything you love and see at Leisures. She is also the familiar face... and feet... you see all throughout our catalogues and social media. Leisures loves Lyndal. 


Chloe Downey

Who you going to call… not ghostbusters its Chloe she is the Siri at Leisures. She is quick to solve any problem across operations, marketing, sales, retail you name it. When she's not playing super women at Leisures you can find her socialising with her friends or pumping it at the gym. She has spent time abroad in the UK and South Africa. She loves the joy of working at Leisures and that all the staff become a part of a second family. The ever changing role keeps her on her toes and is always up for the next challenge ahead.



Meet Belinda, one of our lovely Sales Assistants. Belinda has been part of the Leisures family since 2017. Prior to Leisures she worked for a Clothing Manufacturer for 20+ years. It is this prior experience with colour, design and style that helps her assist her customers.

Belinda loves to assist customers with finding the right shoe for their circumstance, in a style they are comfortable wearing, that will compliment their wardrobe or special occasion outfit, and in doing so establishing a relationship with customers. She says, “Working with a quality product along side a great team of professional staff, creates a friendly work environment.” Belinda’s professional expertise and warmth is a gift to Leisures. 



Meet Marion one of our senior team members based in our newly renovated St Ives store. Marion has over 10 years experience in the shoe industry which includes 4 years working for our CEO Mike's Grandmother's stores, Eunice Jackson.  Whilst raising her 3 beautiful children she has worked in various marketing and sales roles in both Sydney and Melbourne.  She is committed to making customers feel welcome, comfortable and stress free when visiting our store. She feels she has developed a well earned empathy for customers trying to find the 'right' shoe for the occasion.  Marion has several favourite shoes which she is more than happy to share with you.  She loves being part of the special team that is Leisures.



Meet Leisures visual merchandising queen, Penny. The inviting and attractive stories you see in our window displays are thanks to her expertise. Penny has been with Leisures for over 5 years and has worked in Ladies Fashion for over 25 years. She’s a dedicated people person and believes the relationship with every customer begins the minute the customer walks through the door. Penny says, “I love the challenge of finding exactly what a customer is looking for & even happier when I can find something she's not actually looking for!  With an amazing range of quality products - we're all usually quite successful!” Beyond Leisures Penny enjoys a very busy home life, with 3 wonderful children, 3 amazing in-law children and 7 simply divine grandchildren. She’s a very proud 'Nanny.’ We are honoured to have such a hardworking and on our team.



Meet our storeman and warehouse hero, Will. This soon to be Olympian looks after and manages all of stock and web orders. He has been with Leisures for the last 3 years and enjoys working at Leisures because of the amazing staff and friends he has made and the lessons he’s learned, from working hard to solving problems quickly for colleagues and customers. Will represented Australia at the World Championships for running in 2018 in Andorra and 2019 in Argentina. We love working with Will.