Staff Profiles

SHOES-n-FEET’s unique combination of retail, education and service has "closed the loop" between the medical community, their patients, and retail shoe stores and is a win-win for everyone.

 

Chris Benvelzen - Owner SHOES-n-FEET

Chris Bentvelzen, Owner

I have been an owner of SHOES-n-FEET for the past 12 years. My history is as a 6th generation shoe repairman. In each store you will see a black and white picture taken in 1932 of my Grandfather. The picture was taken in Holland in front of his shoe repair shop.

For the last 15 years I have had the privilege of doing some amazing things within the shoe industry. I have consulted on design work for companies such as New Balance, Aravon by New Balance, Dunham by New Balance, Brooks, Naot and Bite.

I currently or in the past have sat on three National Boards, including National Shoe Retailers - Education (youngest member), New Balance Family Shoe Advisory Committee and New Balance Over the Counter Arch Support.

I am also involved in education, with lecturing appearances at Samuel Merritt Podiatry Students, Aravon and Dunhams National Sales Meeting, New Balance 2010 Family Retailer National Summit, and Elite Conference Aetrex.

I look forward to working with you to solve your footwear needs!

Adam Stuhlfaut

Adam Stuhlfaut, Director of Running

My passion for running began when I raced my first mile on a dirt track in my 7th-grade gym class. I went on to run competitively at Wayzata High School, where I won the Minnesota state cross-country championship in my senior year, at Princeton University and for the New Balance Boston racing club. I've had a chance to compete in races throughout the United States as well as in England and Ireland. In addition, I have worked as a footwear product manager at New Balance, and from 2010 to 2014 I owned two specialty running stores in Massachusetts. Running has introduced me to many fantastic people, including coaches, teammates, and world-renowned athletes. It has given me the confidence to push my body to new heights, whether it be fast races, 100-mile training weeks, that crazy 40-mile trail run on the Appalachian Trail or dressing up like a turkey for a Thanksgiving 5K. I have also coached runners at every level and age, and I am constantly inspired by working with many amazing people. Working for SHOES-n-FEET provides me the opportunity to make running better here on the "Eastside" near where I live and to learn much more about footwear from the comfort side of our business.

 

Vivian Broda

Vivian Broda, Certified Shoe Fitter

I came to SHOES-n-FEET with experience in fashion and an extensive background working in customer service. I interned with “Do The Extraordinary”, a clothing company in Seattle, in their design department, and modeled with various fashion designers. While involved in the fashion industry, I noticed the nature of uncomfortable footwear that most people wear each day to look good, compromising their health and creating long term problems. Most people are not educated on the effects of wearing bad shoes. I love working at a company where I am able to help people look and feel great without damaging their feet, knees, hips and back.