Kip Odermatt’s decades of experience as both a shoe sales representative and retailer make him the perfect professional to interview for our very first TRU Souls featurette. He currently owns and operates 3 stores in the Stockton/Modesto area of northern California. We caught up with Kip as he cruised the open road in his RV between the Rocky Mountain Shoe Show in Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah.
How long have you worked in the shoe industry?
I’ve been a retailer for 35 years and a shoe rep for 20 years. I started out working for Kinney Shoe Stores in 1975.
Tell us a little about your stores.
We opened our doors as a retailer in 2002. I have 3 stores. One is a Foot Solutions Store and the other two are called Shoes That Fit. We sell Euro-comfort brands that offer our customers fashionable comfort shoes with a quality fit; brands such as Finn Comfort, Earth, and Keen. We also work closely with doctors and medical facilities to sell our shoes.
What do you love about your job?
I love the industry and the people, all of the relationships I’ve made over the years. We are all in it together. It’s like a family.
How long have you been coming to TRU Show?
I’ve been with TRU Show since the beginning. It’s a great location. The set up is comfortable for everyone, buyers and exhibitors. And, it’s a great place to reunite with friends.
Bare Your Soul
What are you wearing on your feet?
What book are you currently reading?
Things that Matter, by Charles Krauthammer and Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
What is your least favorite word?
What do you like to do on your day off?
I’d go hiking.
What is your favorite city to travel to?
If you had a super power, what would it be?
I’d like to read minds.
Who would play you in a film about your life?
What was your first job?
I mowed lawns for $10.
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