May 17, 2023
We’re making a big entrance into the retail space and celebrating the grand opening of our first-ever brick-and-mortar store! The store will officially open its doors in Fashion Place Mall, one of the premier shopping centers in our home state of Utah, located just outside Salt Lake City.
It comes on the heels of our expansion into select Nordstrom stores, representing a new chapter of growth for our brand, which has traditionally been direct-to-consumer.Our CEO Monte Deere said, “We understand the significance of having a physical space to showcase our brand and mission, and we’re thrilled to provide our customers with the opportunity to experience the convenience and comfort of hands-free footwear in person.” our CEO, Monte Deere, said in a press release announcing the new store.
We know our shoes are game-changers for most and life-changing for others. Starting Friday, new customers and longtime alike can browse our whole selection of styles and experience the “aha” moment of stepping into that fresh pair of hands-free Kiziks.
It will be the first time you can see and try on our full lineup of men’s, women’s, and kids’ shoes in all our styles and sizes. You'll also find Kizik-branded shirts for the whole family, Kizik Shoe Care Kits to keep your footwear looking pristine, and our seamless, no-slip socks.
The grand opening will be a moment to celebrate our entire team, which has put in countless hours to make this concept a reality. Already, in just over a week since the store’s soft opening, we’ve sold hundreds of pairs—an exciting preview of what’s to come.
We’re excited to start this new chapter right up the road from where it all began. Utah is our home. The success we’ve seen would never have been possible without the support of our earliest customers and the incredible local talent that has worked so hard to make us a household name. Utah believed in us and shaped us into who we are today, and it’s such an honor to be able to open our first retail store right here in our backyard.
Reinventing the future of footwear
Kizik was founded in 2017, but our story starts well before that when our founder and serial entrepreneur Mike Pratt formed the first concept for hands-free shoes that combine convenience and comfort. The idea was to create a heel that snaps back into place when stepping into your shoes. This would mean no more bending over. No more crushed heels. No more hassle. Mike began relentlessly innovating in 2009, filed Kizik’s first patents in 2014, and launched our very first product line in 2017.Together with a team of highly talented innovators and designers, Mike established our parent company, HandsFree Labs®. Today, Hands-Free Labs boasts 170 patents and counting, continuously pushing the boundaries of shoe tech and attracting industry-wide attention.
Fast forward to 2023 and we’ve grown by more than 250% year over year, making shoes that captivate consumers with their style and ease. The industry leader in hands-free footwear, we plan to keep growing to make big waves in the footwear industry.
We’re planning to open more stores in 2024, as well as expand our retail and wholesale partnerships. And as our e-commerce front continues to grow and our brand continues to evolve, we’re setting our sails and charting a course to become a global household name.