Starting out in a tiny, closet-sized location in Park City, Utah, Surefoot has grown to numerous locations in North America and Europe and sold nearly a million custom ski boots along the way.
Bob and Russ grew up with a relentless passion for skiing. Every chance they had, they were out on the hill. They had first tracks in the morning and were the last skiers on the slopes at night. Skiing was their passion and their life. In fact, the only thing they didn't like about skiing was the ski boots. Ill-fitting and mass-produced, ski boots were and are designed to fit everyone-without fitting anyone. This made them extremely painful, especially for Bob, who often retreated to a stairwell in the lodge after a hard day of skiing so no one would see the pain in his face caused by his ski boots.
The brothers' interest in finding the perfect fit intensified as Russ embarked on a successful career in ski racing-a sport where even the slightest advantage can be the difference between winning and losing. They relentlessly searched for any edge in training, technique, and, of course, equipment. But the one thing that never seemed quite right was the ski boots. They were somehow always too small, too tight, or, worst of all, too big and sloppy. And every ski shop seemed to have different ideas about how they should fit. So, Bob and Russ began to experiment. Using tools in their family's garage, they ground, sawed, cut, padded, and pounded away at ski boots. Their vision was to combine comfort and performance to build a ski boot that would fit like it was made for you instead of a generic foot. It took a long time. Twenty years, in fact. But the end result made it all worth it. What they discovered is that the only way to achieve the ideal fit is to build a totally custom boot.
Over forty years and nearly a million pairs of ski boots later, Surefoot is now the world's largest custom ski boot company. Their worldwide locations have a handpicked and personally trained corps of boot fitting experts. Instead of power tools and guesswork, they now use precise state-of-the-art technology to deliver the guaranteed best fitting, best performing ski boots possible. In fact, most people who try Surefoot's Custom Ski Boots agree that they are the world's most comfortable ski boots.
As Andy Bigford of Ski Magazine aptly remarked, 'Surefoot has done more to keep skiers happy than any retail store in the world.' This commitment to excellence is reflected in the recognition as Ski Magazine's Gold Medal 'National Shop of the Year' and consistent regional Gold Medal 'Shop of the Year' accolades since inception. Beginning in a modest, closet-sized space in Park City, Utah, Surefoot has expanded to 29 locations across North America and Europe, fitting nearly a million custom ski boots to date. Maintaining their original vision and close-knit leadership, Surefoot is proudly still owned and operated by the founding brothers, Bob and Russ Shay, who ensure that the company remains true to its roots, eschewing the franchise model in favor of a family-oriented approach to business.