Family Business


When you walk into Tortoise and Hare Footwear, it is almost certain that you will be greeted by someone from the Stukel family. Jim and Mary started in the shoe business in 2001 as a franchise of The Athlete’s Foot in the Denfeld Center. Ten years later the name was changed to Tortoise and Hare Footwear, and in 2016 the shop was moved to its current location at 40th Avenue West and Grand Avenue.

Their sons, Andy, Matt, and Mike have grown up in the shoe business. On family outings they would grumble as we always had to stop in shoe stores along the way. By the age of sixteen, each of them took their place on the sales floor to work with customers.

For Andy, it is now a seasonal job…as he is gone in the spring to umpire for Minor League Baseball. Matt, as a graduate of UMD and with a passion to see the world may be off on a new adventure soon. Mike has a few years of college under his belt, but so far seems to enjoy the business…and hanging out with his mom and dad.

Mary’s sisters have also been a part of the store fabric…Linda takes care of bills, payroll, and taxes. Judy worked as a sales associate for many years!

We couldn’t have done it without the help of our many fantastic employees through the years. We have had a mix people, from high school state champion runners, to others who would only run if being chased by a bear. We all have some unique skill to add to the Tortoise and Hare Family.

Stop in to see us soon!