By: Brian Harper
Community Outreach Coordinator
Each November we celebrate our Stan-iversary, and this year is no different. 2014 marks our 64th year as a locally-owned and operated family shoe business! Though our Stan-iversary Sale brings a chance to thank our loyal customers with special in-store offers – AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A $500 GIFT CARD! – it is really a time to reflect on the values that brought us to where we are today.
When Stan and Emerence Sajdak founded Stan’s Bootery on 27th and Oklahoma in Milwaukee in 1950, their vision was providing one-on-one, sit-and-fit service and fashionable comfort to every customer they encountered.
This meant giving their complete attention to every customer, measuring both their feet with a Brannock device and offering a wide range of styles and sizes for hard-to-fit feet.
Stan and Emerence’s work was more than just a business, though.
“Anybody can sell a pair of shoes,” Stan would say. “But you need to make a friend.”
These friendships mean we serve multiple generations of families that Stan and Emerence first worked with in our company’s early days.
They also inspire us to continually invest in our community. Our annual Share-A-Pair shoe drive gathers new and gently used shoes from our customers and distributes them to people in need through Father Gene’s HELP Center in West Allis, Repairers of the Breach in Milwaukee and Soles4Souls, a national non-profit. In addition, we sponsor Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Race for the Cure. We are also proud members of Local First Milwaukee, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the personal and community benefits of shopping with locally-run businesses.
Much has changed since our days at 27th and Oklahoma. Stan and Emerence’s children and grandchildren have carried our founders’ vision into the 21st Century, expanding to five Stan’s Fit For Your Feet and New Balance stores in the Greater Milwaukee area. Digital foot scanners and other cutting edge technology give our Fit Specialists and Certified Pedorthists new tools to ensure a comfortable fit.
Despite these changes, our third generation family business is still locally-owned and operated, and we remain committed to providing you with the best service. Whether it is being named National Shoe Retailer of the Year, Milwaukee’s Best Shoe Store or one of southeastern Wisconsin’s Top 10 Businesses of the Year, our successes are a testament to our deep history, strong local ties and commitment to every person who walks into our stores. Everyone who visits us will find a pleasant atmosphere, shoes of the highest quality and Fit Specialists ready to address their footwear needs.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you with great footwear. Remember to come to any of our locations for a chance to win a $500 gift card. We hope you will visit this month and help us celebrate our Stan-iversary!