Walter and Helen Mast opened Mast Shoes in 1942 with a commitment to providing high quality shoes and excellent service. Their sons, Tom and Greg, both worked in the family business for more than 30 years, and brought Greg’s daughter Molly onboard in 2001.
Greg began working full time at Mast Shoes in 1974 and ran the store alongside his late father, Walter. He enjoyed many years of running the business with his brother Tom until Tom’s retirement in 2016. Today, his daughter is his business partner, and Greg enjoys working with her and the other long-time employees of Mast Shoes.
In 2001, Molly became the third generation of Masts to work at the store. She received her pedorthic training at the Eneslow Pedorthic Institute in New York City in 2006, making Mast Shoes the only shoe store in Ann Arbor with a Certified Pedorthist on staff. Molly regularly consults with Mast Shoes associates regarding the evaluation of proper footwear for customers. Molly leads the team in curating the collection of over 10,000 pairs of shoes each season, using her extensive understanding of shoe construction and foot and ankle biomechanics.
For 75 years and now in its third generation, Mast Shoes still strives to maintain Walter and Helen’s original ideals of offering high quality merchandise and exemplary service to the community.
A Certified Pedorthist is a specialist who uses footwear — including shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoses, and other pedorthic devices — to solve foot and lower limb problems and achieve the best mobility possible. Mast Shoes is the only shoe store in Ann Arbor with a Certified Pedorthist on staff.
No. Every person you meet working at Mast Shoes has had extensive training in shoe fitting. They’ve been trained by Molly, our Certified Pedorthist and also by shoe-fitters with over 30 years of experience. There is a wealth of knowledge on the sales floor at all times.