Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Johnson County Sun: New shoe store will put a spring in your step

The Johnson County Sun: "Holly Stone (Photo) was skeptical when her mother first tried to convince her to wear a pair of Z-Coil shoes.

With thick springs where the heel should be, the shoes look like something out of a comic book. But John and Peggy Stone of Overland Park insisted their daughter should try a pair, convinced that the shoes would help relieve her knee pain.

They were right. Stone liked the shoes so much, she opened Spring Action Footwear and More in February at 7295 W. 97th St. in the Windmill Shopping Center.

'We've all had pain relief from it and so I just wanted to be able to help people out here,' said Stone, 23.

Z-Coil shoes were invented by New Mexico businessman Al Gallegos, who started selling them commercially in 1996. The spring heels are designed to absorb the impact from walking. Built-in orthotic insoles provide support. The shoes sell for $150 to $200 and are marketed to people with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, lower back pain and other foot and ankle conditions.

'My parents both bought a pair of shoes about a year ago in Ruidoso, New Mexico. They both had pain relief and just wouldn't quit talking about them nor would they quit wearing them,' Stone said."

By:Jonna Lorenz
Sun Staff Writer


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