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Our Story

In the picturesque town of Canmore, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a passion for adventure and craftsmanship sparked the beginning of Kumpfy Shoes & Repair. Karel and Wendy, a dynamic duo with a love for the outdoors, started their journey in the humblest of beginnings. It was in their backyard shed where Karel meticulously resoled climbing shoes, providing much-needed services to local climbers who knew the value of well-maintained gear.

As word spread about Karel's exceptional skill, the demand for his services grew. By 2015, it was clear that the backyard shed could no longer contain their burgeoning business. Seizing the opportunity to expand, Karel and Wendy moved Kumpfy Shoes & Repair to a 500-square-foot garage in Teepee Town. This new location, equipped with specialized machinery, allowed them to offer comprehensive shoe repair services, drawing even more customers who appreciated their dedication to quality.

However, Karel and Wendy’s ambitions didn't stop there. Their reputation for excellence continued to grow, and in response to the increasing demand, they decided to expand once more. The next move took them to Kananaskis Way, where they opened a 1000-square-foot store. This larger space not only allowed them to enhance their repair services, but also to venture into retail. Kumpfy Shoes began offering a range of footwear and accessories, quickly filling the new space with a diverse selection of products.

By 2021, Kumpfy Shoes & Repair had outgrown its previous locations and found its permanent home in Moose Meadows. This final move marked a significant milestone, as the new store provided ample space for operations and the ability to stock an impressive variety of shoe brands. Customers could now find climbing shoes, hiking boots, casual wear, running shoes, and even the popular Birkenstocks, all under one roof.

With a dedicated and experienced staff, Kumpfy Shoes & Repair solidified its reputation as the go-to place for shoe and gear repair in Canmore. Today, Kumpfy Shoes is not just a store but an iconic institution, known for its unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. From its modest beginnings in a backyard shed to its status as a beloved local business, Kumpfy Shoes & Repair continues to support the adventurous spirit of the Canmore community, one pair of shoes at a time.

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Such a nice story 😊


This story beautifully captures the spirit of entrepreneurship and the rewards of hard work and dedication. Love it 😇


Keep up the good work . Such a nice story 😊


This is an amazing success story, good luck!

Tarek Alsherif

This is motivational!


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