About Us


We are a third generation family shoe store and have been in business since 1919. As you can see in the news article below, Isaac Waxberg had his roots as cobbler in Germany before moving to Chicago and opening what has now become Waxberg's Walk Shoppe.


Ron Waxberg

Ed Grousnick 

Bert Pearlman

President, CEO

Store Manager 

Front End Manager

Ron Waxberg has been involved with the shoe business since he was 15 years old and president of Waxbergs since 1986. His education as a pedorthist started at Ball State University in 1981 where he was certified. His knowledge of the pedorthic field has been greatly enhanced by many of the area foot and ankle physicians he has worked with over the past 30 years as part of their patient care teams.

In 1984, Ed fell into the shoe industry ‘temporarily’ while seeking employment elsewhere. He enjoyed the creativity involved and since then has been involved in some aspect of the shoe industry, as well as owning two businesses. Ed received his pedorthic education at Northwestern, but accredits a majority of his education to those he has met and worked with.

Bert has been in retail sales almost all of his adult life. His roots were a small family business, which has made him realize the importance of good customer service. Equally important, he brings passion with him every day to help find the right fit for everybody.




Chuck Durante

Irwin Berkowitz

Lic. & Cert. Pedorthist/OST

Buyer / Shoe Psychologist

Chuck Durante (Orthopedic Shoe Technician), has 30 years experience as an OST. His specialty is in assessing and improving gait through a means of shoe modifications and/or orthotics and proper shoes. He is an extremely competent shoe fitter and has previously taught at NPS in Milwaukee, WI for eleven years. He is also a State Licensed Pedorthist.


Prior to joining us in 2009, Irwin was with Nordstrom for 15 years (although has been selling shoes since 1971). He brought with him all his fashion savvy as well as his shoe fitting experience. The self-proclaimed "shoe psychologist" strives to make the shoe fitting experience very therapeutic.