Our Story

Hey, how's it going? So glad you found us! My name is Charlie. My wife Courtnay and I started Chattanooga Shoe Company in 2010. Here's the story.

Over the years we have learned, people really love shoes that are comfortable and stylish.

We started Chattanooga Shoe Company to take the guesswork (and hard work) out of shoe shopping by painstakingly hunting the world over for the best of the best footwear that meets our highest standards.

We know you wouldn’t accept anything less.

In the Beginning

My dad always told me, “Shoes and mattresses are important. You’ll be on at least one or the other the rest of your life.” So, since I don’t find mattresses very interesting, I went into the shoe business.

In 2001, my family moved from North Carolina to open a Birkenstock Specialty Shoe Store in Huntsville, AL. This was a time when Birkenstock made all types of shoes: sandals, clogs, boots, dress shoes...the “potato shoe” was really popular. If you know, you know.

I worked for the family business throughout college, and met the love of my life Courtnay. We bonded over our love of God, family, friends, life, business, fashion and shoes!

Good for You

Most of our shoes have features that keep you on the move... like good arch support, excellent shock absorption and a supportive construction.

Made to Perform

Our shoes are not mass produced at high volume and low quality. They are handmade. One pair at a time. With Love and Care.

Trending Styles

Style does matter. And we are here for you! We curate the most stylish and trending patterns from Europe you've ever seen.

We were born

Only after a couple months, we dreamed of opening another store: a brand new concept in the shoe world…a store that offered styles that were just as stylish as they were comfortable.

Chattanooga Shoe Company opened in North Chattanooga in November 2010.

Our Philosophy

To Offer the Most Stylish and Trending Shoes That Are Actually Comfortable

Then What Happened

I left the family business in 2006 to try out the corporate world but I found myself daydreaming of a different life…I longed to follow in my parents’ footsteps and own a shoe company. That chance arose in 2009 when we had an opportunity to acquire a shoe store in Chattanooga, TN.

Courtnay always said, “I’m never moving out of Huntsville…well…unless it’s to Chattanooga.” We both loved making weekend trips to Chattanooga, a city perfect for exploring. In March 2009, we moved ourselves (and 2 dogs) to Chattanooga, TN to acquire an old “sit and fit” comfort shoe store in east Chattanooga.


For the past 12 years, the shoe company has continued to evolve by bringing you, not only established comfort brands, but small, limited production shoes as well. They’re sourced from around the world but some of our favorite spots include Italy, Portugal, Spain and Germany.

Entering our 13th year, we continue to push the envelope by providing even “faster” and trendier styles, but never sacrificing our comfort and quality standards.

What's So Special About Us?

Seems like everyone has the same shoes. Most of them mass produced in large factories for an extremely low cost, which results in low quality footwear with no identifiable comfort features.

At Chattanooga Shoe Company we do things differently. We have high standards. Like…really high standards. We insist on an equal balance of Comfort + Style + Quality.

We invite you to give our shoes a try. You’ll enter a new realm of enlightenment that opens your eyes and awakens your senses to their highest potential.

…just kidding. They’re shoes. But what I’m trying to say is, you’ll really REALLY love them.

- Charlie