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 Dunham's 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!

  

Gretchen Kiely

Gretchen Kiely, Assistant Running & Fitness Coordinator

Gretchen joined the SHOES-n-FEET team with a strong passion for running and helping others. After growing up in North Idaho, she went on to graduate from Boise State University before moving to the Seattle area. Running has always been a big part of her life. She completed her first 5K with her mom when she was 3 years old and has gone on to run distances up to a full marathon. As a training group coach, Gretchen loves seeing runners achieve their goals. Whether it is someone's first 5K, or a full marathon, she enjoys watching their hard work pay off! She takes time with customers to ensure they are educated and getting the correct footwear. Outside of work, you can find Gretchen running, hiking, playing soccer or exploring the Northwest. More on Gretchen's coach page.