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The History of Paris Orthotics Ltd.

Paris orthotics’ genesis was the orthopedic shoe division of Pierre Paris & Sons Ltd., a shoe and boot manufacturing company founded in 1907 by Pierre Paris, an immigrant from the Basque region of southern France. Pierre’s company grew to become one of western Canada’s preeminent footwear manufacturers and it’s logging, mining and industrial footwear were considered the finest on the market. In addition to running his growing enterprise, Pierre studied podiatry and his two sons, George and Roger, followed his example by attending podiatry school in Chicago. George and Roger returned to Vancouver to join their father’s podiatry practice and each took their turn at the helm of the family business that by this time included the industrial footwear manufacturing division, a large family shoe store, an orthopedic shoemaking division and a busy podiatry practice. Roger’s son Stephen, who had worked his way up through the manufacturing and retail side of the business, assumed control in the late 70’s along with his sister Renee. Stephen and Renee chose to windup the business in the early 80’s when the economic climate in Western Canada’s resource based economy made industrial footwear manufacturing uneconomical. In the mid 80s Stephen, with the support of his wife Cathy, founded Paris Orthotics Ltd. as one-man orthopedic shoe and foot orthotic shop on the corner of 4th & Fir in Vancouver. A few years after opening, Stephen’s brother Paul and sister Renee joined him and together they have grown Paris Orthotics Ltd. into Canada’s largest manufacturer of prescription orthoses.

Today, Paris Orthotics Ltd. incorporates Pierre Paris’s spirit and values and three generations of experience and expertise into its two divisions and its related companies.

Our Lab Division manufactures premium quality custom foot orthoses for foot health care professionals across Canada and in the United Kingdom and Ireland. From our 16,000sq/ft lab in Vancouver we manufacture a wide range of daily use, sport and pathology specific devices using a combination of traditional “Root” inspired hand craftsmanship and state of the art CAD/CAM automation technology. In addition to custom foot orthoses we offer a variety of related products including The Richie family of custom AFOs, A line of sport and casual sandals with integrated functional foot orthoses, WalkWell post-op shoes and a line of polypropylene prefab orthotics manufactured by ProLab USA.

Our Pedorthic Services Division provides a comprehensive range of pedorthic services to patients of Greater Vancouver podiatrists, physicians and therapists. These services include: custom foot orthoses, custom orthopedic footwear, orthopedic shoe modifications, footwear fitting advice and patient education and are available only by prescription. Our team of Canadian board certified pedorthists, technicians and support staff are experienced veterans with a sincere commitment to professional expertise and product & service excellence.

Related Companies

SportMed Retail Group Ltd. operates four Vancouver lower mainland retail stores that sell a wide range of sport and occupational injury braces, rehabilitation exercise products and athletic training and first aid supplies by North America’s leading manufacturers. Visit SportMed at www.sportmedstore.com

The Right Shoe Company Ltd. is a retail shoe store at the corner of 4th & Fir in Vancouver that offers the best running, walking, dress casual and orthopedic footwear available on the market combined with expert fitting service from highly trained staff with an exemplary customer service philosophy. Visit The Right Shoe at www.therightshoe.ca

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