Althea's Footwear Solutions


"My name is Althea. I've owned The Footwear Place since 2007, however there's a story here that stretches several years before I became involved.

Many know The Footwear Place in Lakewood as part of the community since the mid 1980's when it was owned by Ralph and Judy Kendall. They opened The Footwear Place as a custom orthotics and medical footwear facility in a little store front close to where we are today. In 2002 the store moved to it's current location with more than double the room. I had the privilege of working with Ralph and Judy for years before they decided to sell the store to me in 2007. As the owner of Althea's Footwear Solutions, the Kendall's and I decided to work together and build our stores with similar philosophies.

In a way, Ralph was my mentor as I built my own business also dedicated to helping people solve their foot pain and discomfort with uniquely fit shoes and orthotics. So, the store still retains the name everyone is familiar with, however, it is now part of a family of stores. With more than double the buying power, we are able to offer you even more services and selection in uniquely fit footwear. " Tired of spending money on shoes that make your feet sore? You don't have to waste your hard-earned money on shoes that make you miserable any more! You may think sore, tired feet and other common foot problems are inevitable, but that's not true if you know where to shop. Most foot pain can be resolved with a pair of shoes that properly fit your feet.

Each of your feet (yes, your left foot is even different compared to your right foot!) are unique. This means for maximum comfort, your shoes should be unique also. You deserve to be comfortable! Purchasing the best fitting, most comfortable shoe is more than being “sized” by an average retail store or “sizing” yourself, pulling a box off a shelf and blindly trying to find the pair that won’t make your feet miserable. At Althea’s we take the time and have the experience to provide you with shoes uniquely fit to your feet . Our certified, on-site pedorthists are here to help solve your footwear problems and help eliminate pain and discomfort caused by ill-fitting shoes.


7501 Custer Road West
Lakewood, Washington 98499
United States

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Fax: 253-473-4408

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Open weekdays 9 to 5 Closed Saturday & Sunday


7 Reviews
Claire Fralish Claire Fralish
Lakewood, WA
Enjoyed the personal service!

This place really offered great customer service during my visits. I sat down and relaxed while shoes were put on and taken off. I had no stress and there were no pushy sales ppl trying to make a commission.

April 2016

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Angie Whitten Angie Whitten
Puyallup WA
My feet thank you!

I've been suffering from plantar fasciitis for just over a year now - it is incredibly painful! I went into the Footwear Place and Jan helped me pick out some great firm inserts and I'm ordering a special pair of shoes that will provide some relief! Thanks so much!

September 2015

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Kieran Murry Kieran Murry
Great Customer Service

I went in to buy shoes and Bobby asked me what size I wore. I replied with a "10". Bobby asked if I would humor him and allow him to measure my feet. Upon doing so we discovered I was a "12". I was so embarassed. I'd been wearing 10's for 30 years...and my feet always hurt. Plus...I was always ripping through shoes at my small toe. With my new shoes from the Footwear Place I got great service and shoes and my feet feel great. I'd highly recommend these guys to everyone!

September 2015

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