Rack Room Shoes is an American footwear retailer based in North Carolina. The company was founded in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1920 by Phil Levinson, who sold it to his son-in-law, Mort Lerner. It was bought in 1984 by the privately held Deichmann Group of Germany. Till that time Rack Room Shoes ran 22 stores. Rack Room now operates over 450 stores in 34 states under the names Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, a formerly Atlanta, Georgia-based chain which it bought in the 1980s.