King Sturge has been appointed by KPMG to offload Original Shoe Factory and Qube footwear stores following the chains going into administration.

Former owner JJB Sports failed to sell the chains and they were placed in administration last week.

The two chains have a total of around 77 stores.

Around 80% of the stores traded as Original Shoe Company, which sold branded lifestyle clothing and footwear.

KPMG has already closed about 45 of the stores.

Martin Crossley, retail partner at King Sturge, said: ‘We will be seeking buyers for individual units or groups of shops from the portfolio which is spread across the UK. It’s a tough market but a good proportion of the units are in prime high street locations which will enhance their appeal.’