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new location just behind the Galaxy theater facing beautiful Blue Mountain.
- Wheelchair accessible and free parking at the door.
Differentiation from other shoe companies
Brubacher’s open edit’s current clinic on the main street of Collingwood in 1995 and then moved to the west end in 2003.
Story of how Ken made his first pair of shoes.
Why come in to Brubacher’s…Detail the disease processes that make people chose to come in and get treated….
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Custom craftsmanship - since 1939 Brubachers have been in the business of the
provisioning of foot comfort of all kinds. Kenneth Brubacher’s father started the business in Elmira as a shoe store with shoe repair. Growing up in the family business Kenneth was very familiar with shoes and feet from an early age. Arch supports, even though by today’s standards in a somewhat rudimentary form were always an integral form of the Brubacher fitting process, many feet simply did not comfortably fit in shoes and therefore needed extra help. In 1978 Kenneth Brubacher now having taken over the family business started to make shoes by hand from scratch. It was very evident that the traditional craftsmen were disappearing and not being replaced. Most of them were of European origin and training and came to Canada after the last war. At the request of many clients whose shoe maker had disappeared Kenneth learned the art of hand crafting custom footwear from scratch for moderate to severe orthopedic problems. People came from all walks of life with many diverse problems. Arthritis, Diabetes, congenital deformities, injuries, and just plain severe structural collapse of the feet were and are significant problems which precluded the possibility of properly fitting normal footwear. About 20 years ago, Mr. Brubacher recognized an increasing problem of the disappearance of the custom shoemaker and decided to enter the world of computerized design systems for custom shoes. After many adventures, millions of dollars and global travel a consortium was pulled together to facilitate a comprehensive system to design and manufacture custom footwear electronically.
While most of the people that Brubacher sees do not require a custom or handmade
shoe, it is that skill and experience in the knowledge of feet, their problems
and the constructions of specially selected footwear that he brings to the table.
Most people have two feet…nobody has a pair, so special attention is paid to
individual fit and function.
Products and Services
Orthotic – custom orthotics are made on the premises. Brubacher does not send out custom orthotics. They are made on the premises by Kenneth Brubacher, Certified orthopedic Footwear Specialist, skilled in the diagnostics of foot problems, ambulatory and gait functional analysis, orthotic design, shoe modifications, and the design and manufacture of custom orthopedic footwear. The Brubacher orthotic service is completely different than elsewhere. Rather than “here’s your plastic thing, go stick it in your shoes” Brubacher’s ensure that the shoes are properly selected and each item of footwear is fitted with it’s
own orthotic or whatever custom modifications are necessary to make things work.
Shoe Repairs done on site.