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by Eisla Sebastian on Dec 26, 2008 in Fashion CultureBe the first to comment!
What would a history of shoes be without mentioning Dr. Scholl’s? Well, quite frankly, it would be incomplete. Dr. Scholl revolutionized the shoe industry with his unique shoe designs, which incorporated comfort and support into shoe designs that were also functional and fashionable. While nearly everyone has heard of Dr. Scholl’s and his products, few people know who Dr. Scholl was and how he got started in the shoe industry.
Dr. Scholl’s Biography
Dr. Scholl was born in June of 1882. His grandfather was a shoemaker, so shoes were in his blood. His entry into the shoe industry was as an apprentice to a shoe-repair craftsman. This position eventually led to a position as a shoe salesman in a shoe boutique. This job gave Scholl the opportunity to see how shoe designs of the day were negatively impacting the lives and health of his clients. This gave him the inspiration to create a line of shoes and shoe products that would be as therapeutic for his customers as they were fashionable.
After graduating from the medical program offered by the Illinois Medical College, Dr. Scholl established his own orthopedic manufacturing company. He invented and manufactured foot products that would ease the pain associated with both medical conditions and long hours spent in uncomfortable shoes.
Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Are Launched
The original Dr. School’s shoe line didn’t launch until 1968. The original shoe and sandal designs were so popular that over a million pairs were sold in the first four years of production. One of the hottest sellers in this line was the original Dr. Scholl’s Exercise Sandal. These sandals remained popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and they re-emerged as a favorite, casual shoe design in the 1990s.
Today, Dr. Scholl’s shoes are still being manufactured. The rights to this shoe empire belong to the Shering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc. However, the manufacturing license is now leased by the Brown Shoe Company. In addition to the original sandal and Dandy shoe designs, the Dr. Scholl’s label is also attached to several fashionable dress and casual shoe designs including women’s dress boots and men’s loafers.
William Scholl began peddling his arch supports in 1904, while he was still attending medical school and working as a shoe salesman. He led a nationwide campaign for standardized shoe sizes (accomplished in 1905), cajoled shoemakers to manufacture a greater selection of widths than merely "wide" and "narrow", and he was among the first retailers to sell shoes of different sizes in pairs for people whose left and right feet are of unmatched lengths or widths. He eventually sold plasters, powders, and pads, and from the 1930s to the '60s he had a nationwide chain of Dr. Scholl's Foot Comfort Shops. The stores are long gone, but Dr Scholl, who never married, remains the namesake of corn pads, medicated disks, bunion pads, arch supports, and shoe insoles. He was the founder of the Illinois College of Chiropody and Orthopedics, now known as the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and part of the Chicago's Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
The year before he graduated, Scholl invented his very first product, an arch support he called the "Foot Eazer". According to the advertisement, it was made for "ladies and gents". It was "worn inside the boot to prevent and cure flatfoot". The Scholl Foot Eazer claimed to "instantly relieve tired-aching feet and limbs". In 1907, the Scholl Manufacturing Company in Illinois was incorporated, and the doctor/inventor was on his way to continued success.