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, Elite Conference Aetrex
I look forward to working with you to solve your footwear needs!
Stacy Bacon, Certified Shoe Fitter
My initial career goal in life was social work within the educational or medical sector. While completing my A.A.S. in social and human services and licensure for C.D.P.T., I worked at Road Runner Sports where my love and passion for fitting people began. It was great for me because I’ve had a love for running since the age of 14. I’ll never forget the first time I ran all the way around the Burton Peninsula where I grew up. The exhilaration of doing something I never thought I could was amazing. I immediately knew I wanted to share this experience with as many people as possible.
Working at SHOES-n-FEET has only further fueled my passion and understanding of fitting people, as well as reignited my love of running. I’ve never felt so at home and excited to go to work. I truly love what I do and the knowledge I can pass on to people regarding their shoes and feet. Being part of a family business that spans over generations has been marvelous and taught me more than I could have ever imagined.
Looking towards future goals, I plan on returning to college to finish up my B.A.S. in behavioral science and continue working at SHOES-n-FEET. Fitting people for life is in my blood. Even when I’m not at work I’m still analyzing peoples gait walking down the street or in the store. If I see you in a shoe that is really bad for you, don’t be surprised if I introduce myself and provide you with a few tips on picking out shoes.
Brandon Howell, Certified Shoe Fitter
Helping people is my passion, which is why I've felt at home at SHOES-n-FEET since 2014. I've dabbled in the shoe industry since 2007 and loved every moment of it, thus I am here! Having an extraordinarily large shoe size of 14 with a high volume foot, I've always been able to relate with people who struggle to find proper fitting footwear, making it easier to find that perfect pair for each customer with proper depth and width is keen. Originally from the heat of Las Vegas, Nevada, I came to cool off in the midst of Seattle weather and enjoy my hobbies of photography, video gaming, socializing, and I don't go anywhere without music.
Ariel Kebbe, Certified Shoe Fitter
I'm one of the few new additions added to the SHOES-n-FEET family, being here since the summer of 2015. I've happily lived in Washington most of my life but am originally from Brooklyn, New York. One of the most rewarding things for me would have to be when people leave with a smile on their face and comfortable shoes on their feet. It feels nice to be able to help people by educating them on the proper footwear, orthotics, socks, or accessories that would be best for their unique feet. Outside of work I enjoy drawing, writing, playing and listening to music, video games, and going for walks.
Mimi Klimock, Certified Shoe Fitter
I grew up in France and at a very young age I starting working in my parent’s general store. It was at this time that I realized I really enjoyed helping people find what they really wanted. After that I continued to work in various specialty retail stores, clothing and accessory stores as well as in the hospitality business in France, Canada and the US. Through all my different experiences including jobs, traveling and living in various places around the world finding the right shoes has been extremely important to me, as good shoes allow me to be at my best. That experience has been beneficial to me when helping my customers.
My love for working with customers continues today and helping people find the right pair of shoes brings me immense gratification. I enjoy taking the time to know what you are looking for and I listen to what is important to you. That information helps guide me in selecting the perfect pair of shoes for you. My best days are when I have happy customers.
Josh Seffinga, Certified Shoe Fitter
I came to SHOES-n-FEET by way of the sporting goods industry and have been fitting shoes since 2009. Having my own personal history with foot troubles has made me sensitive to the needs of our customers who are often visiting our store after many trials and tribulations in finding products that not only work for their unique feet, but that they love. I'm a rabid hockey fan, avid videogamer, and Magic the Gathering aficionado. Bring your geek feet to SHOES-n-FEET so we can show you what you've been missing!
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 train 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.