Staff Profiles – SHOES-n-FEET

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.


Photo of owner Chris Bentvelzen

Chris Bentvelzen, Owner


Meet Chris Bentvelzen: A Leader in the World of Footwear

Chris Bentvelzen, a seasoned veteran with over two decades of experience as a respected owner and entrepreneur in the shoe industry, is a true visionary in the world of footwear. His journey is deeply rooted in tradition, as he is a proud sixth-generation shoe repair specialist with a genuine passion for quality craftsmanship.

With a rich heritage of shoe expertise passed down through generations, Chris has played a pivotal role in shaping the modern landscape of the industry. He has not only owned and operated successful shoe-related businesses but has also become a renowned consultant for major shoe brands, helping them navigate the dynamic and ever-evolving market.

One of Chris's notable contributions to the world of footwear is his role as a guest lecturer at the esteemed Samuel L. Merritt School of Podiatry. His insights and knowledge have been instrumental in educating the next generation of podiatrists, ensuring they understand the importance of well-crafted footwear and its impact on foot health.

In recognition of his dedication to the industry and his exceptional leadership, Chris serves as the Vice-Chairman of the National Shoe Retailers Association. In this capacity, he actively contributes to the growth and development of the shoe retail sector, advocating for best practices and fostering innovation within the industry.

Chris Bentvelzen's journey is not just a reflection of his personal accomplishments, but a testament to his unwavering commitment to preserving the art of shoe repair and advancing the world of footwear. His multi-faceted expertise, from his family's centuries-old craftsmanship to his modern consulting and educational roles, has left an indelible mark on the industry. Chris continues to be a driving force for positive change in the world of shoes, demonstrating that tradition and innovation can coexist harmoniously in a dynamic and evolving market.

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