ABOUT US

About Us

Foot Solutions is the world’s largest specialty wellness franchise focused exclusively on helping people feel good from the feet up. We offer exclusive premium custom-made Perfetto™ inserts and orthotics which help to relieve pain and improve comfort, balance performance and body alignment for a market that is primarily over 40. We provide a holistic foot analysis along with foot supports and high-quality comfort footwear for work, dress and play that is both functional and fashionable. You’ll feel good helping customers feel good.

Foot Solutions was recently named:

A “Best Bet for Vets” Franchise by Military Times 2016

One of Atlanta’s Top 25 Franchises 2016

A Top Ten Health & Nutrition Franchises in Canada by Canadian Business Franchise Directory 2017

Ray Margiano started Foot Solutions in August of 2000 with three employees. Today, Foot Solutions has grown into the world’s largest international health and wellness franchise organization focused exclusively on better health through your feet using attractive footwear and inserts to improve your body alignment, performance and wellbeing. Foot Solutions has over 120 franchise retail locations in 13 countries, and a corporate staff of more than 40 people.

Using medical technology in a retail footwear store, Ray has redefined a new market niche between comfort shoe stores and orthopedic facilities. Foot Solutions is a self-supporting company with no outside funding or investors that uses innovative methods to solve common business problems. To combat rising overseas costs, Foot Solutions set up its own lab in the United States to reduce costs and improve service, eliminated all middle distribution and went direct to the manufacturer to receive exclusive products and reduce sales costs by 5 to 20 percent. Foot Solutions is in a unique market niche at the beginning of its life cycle – industry’s experts projections are very attractive for the future.

In 1984 Ray left the corporate world where he held executive level positions at Sikorsky Aircraft, United Technologies, Sybron Corporate and the Bostitch Auto-Soler Division of Textron Inc., to become an entrepreneur. He started Heel Quik, a shoe repair and personal services franchise that he grew to over 700 locations in 34 countries by the mid-1990s. His first Heel Quick stores are still operating in Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall and Lenox Square, 30 years later.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of New Haven, a Master’s degree in Business and Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in International Business from Canbourne University. Ray also studied Pedorthics at Temple University.

Ray is a frequent speaker on International Franchising, the Footwear industry and Pedorthics, and has worked with a number of franchising companies in an advisory role. Deeply committed to community service, he also served on the American Diabetes Association’s advisory board, is on the Board of Governors at University of New Haven, and the Board of Directors for the National Shoe Retailers Association.

Foot Solutions Corporate HQ

His many awards and recognitions for his outstanding achievements include the Blue Chip Award, the Atlanta Business Person of the Year Award, Cobb Chamber Small Business Person of the Year, Vetrepreneur of the Year Award and the Michael Minihane Award for Excellence in International Franchising presented by the International Franchise & Entrepreneurs Expo. Ray has also received Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, Veteran Entrepreneur Award and Nordic Pole Walking Awards as well as numerous awards from the Shoe Service Industry of America. Ray is a member of the National Shoe Retailing Association, the Shoe Service Institute of America, and the Society of Master Shoe Repairers in England, the International Franchise Association, the Canadian Franchise Association and the Canadian Pedorthic Association.

As a philanthropist, Ray commits time and money to such vital issues as Soles for Souls, which donates shoes for those impacted by floods, fires and poverty worldwide, children’s obesity, diabetes, the President’s Challenge program for getting Americans back in shape, retirement community programs for active aging, and international programs such as the Blue Planet Run for pure drinking water. The Foot Solutions Running team has won numerous major marathons in the US and internationally. His philosophy is that Foot Solutions is always giving something back and contributing to positive change in many areas and programs.

Ray is also devoted to improving health and wellness, and is involved in the national walks to raise awareness about breast cancer and heart health. He is the author of Balance Walking and Pink Pole Balance Walking, and is a leading advocate in promoting the 15-minute Balance Walking exercise anytime, anyplace, to improve the way you look & feel your overall health and quality of life. www.balancewalking.com

In addition to Ray, we have a strong staff with extensive experience in franchising, business, training, footwear industry and Pedorthics. Along with a private Foot Solutions portal, web- based training modules and 24/7 help desk, there are several supporting companies that are owned and operated by Ray Margiano, including SHU-RE-NU our lab and supply division in business since 1985. www.shu-re-nu.com

Our Pedorthic School, the Academy of Pedorthic Science, is affiliated with Kennesaw State University, with a number of training and certification programs in place. The Academy has trained Pedorthists in more than 20 countries, and is well known in the Medical and Pedorthic communities. Academy of Pedorthic Science

We are involved in a number of programs at local and national levels. Giving back and helping others is a strong part of our foundation. Here are some of the areas we have worked in:

• Soles 4 Souls www.soles4souls.org
• American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org
• American Heart Association www.heart.org
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure www.komen.org
• International Council on Active Aging www.icaa.cc
• Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org

As a company we are also actively involved in a number of associations and affiliations related to our business. We not only actively attend meetings; many of us have spoken at a number of these sessions on Pedorthics and Business.