Twenty Five Years of Happy Feet

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This month marked the official twenty-fifth anniversary of Happy Feet Plus, a company which arose from humble beginnings to becoming one of the largest retailer of comfort and health footwear, including Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, Mephisto, MBT and Dansko, both online and off. Happy Feet is also the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Kenkoh Massage Sandal, a shoe based on the eastern healing art of Reflexology.

This is the 25th anniversary of Happy Feet Plus. Twenty-five years ago two people, Jacob Wurtz and Jane Strong, who held a steadfast belief in the correlation between healthy footwear and health in general, opened a booth at the local flea market to sell “massage sandals”. Those massage sandals were from a Japanese company called Kenkoh.

The endeavor was successful. People loved what the sandals, could do for them. Kenkoh health sandals massage the foot through hundreds of soft natural rubber “fingers.” The sandal is based on the century's-old natural healing art of reflexology, but the design and construction is of contemporary materials and modern technology. The result is a unique sandal which stimulates and revitalizes the entire body.

The heart of Kenkoh Health Sandal is located in the massage insole, which stimulates areas of the sole of the foot that correspond to all the glands, organs and other significant parts of the body.

It is the belief in this thousand year old eastern health treatment known as reflexology, that stimulation of the “reflexive zones” on the sole of the foot, aids in the health of organs and muscles throughout the body.

Unlike traditional comfort footwear like Birkenstock, or Finn Comfort, Kenkohs are not meant to be worn for long periods of time at first. For this sandal, the feet need to be broken in - not the shoe, however after gradually increasing the time they’re worn, the results are said to be life changing.

In a short while the two had expanded, first to local mall kiosks, soon followed by in-line and stand-alone stores which now cover nine locations throughout most of the west coast of Florida as well as a profound presence Online.

In fact this month also marks the 15th anniversary of, a Web Site devoted to the sale of footwear for comfort and health. In addition to Kenkoh health sandals, Happy Feet is well-known for its offering of very reasonably priced Birkenstock shoes sandals and clogs as well as many other well-known and obscure manufacturers of footwear - all designed to improve foot comfort, posture and general health.

Notable manufacturers include Dansko, MBT, Mephisto and Cogent; footwear, all chosen for their exceptional comfort, or health giving benefits.

Success has not distracted these two entrepreneurs from their mission. In fact today, Happy Feet Plus is the sole US and Canadian distributor of Kenkoh massage sandals.

And their faith has been confirmed; Kenkoh Massage Sandals have been clinically proven to reduce swelling, improve blood circulation and improve mood.

The product was also completely redesigned based on the recommendations of the Kyoto School of Medicine that performed the clinical study, now featuring a new layer of cushion built into the footbed for a better massage.

Even in a stagnant economy, Happy Feet is thriving, binging aboard new employees, as more and more people begin to understand the connection between quality of their footwear and the health of their bodies.

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Happy Feet Plus
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