As a family-owned company we are very dedicated. We aim for long-term relationships with airports, staff and customers. Paolo Salotto offers excellency in customer satisfaction, flexibility and outstanding quality of offered brands, products and business operations. We are composed by the past, and moving forward to the future.
Our company roots are to be found in 1898, when Gerrit Graas started working as a shoe repairman. A few years later, he opened his own shoe and shoe repair shop. Three of his sons became friends with Nico Rijkhoff at the shoe repair school. Nico Rijkhoff fell in love with their sister Jopie, and married her. In 1958 Paul Rijkhoff was born, one of the five sons of Nico and Jopie Rijkhoff. In 1963 the family opened their shoe/shoe repair shop in Assendelft. After working at several shoe repair shops, Paul started his own business called Paul Schoenmakers.
In 1994 Paul opened a shoe polish throne at Schiphol Airport. Unfortunately, this throne had to make place for the Schengen/non-Schengen area separation on Schiphol. But our Schiphol adventure did not end by this. In fact, it was only the beginning. Paul had already received his license to start a shoe repair/shoe and exclusive leather shop. With this license, the first Paolo Salotto shop on Schiphol Plaza was born. Nowadays, Paolo Salotto operates two separated establishments at Schiphol Airport: Leather & Travelgoods and Outdoor & Travel. We are also internationally expanding. In 2018 we opened our Travel & Accessories store at Muscat International Airport in Oman.