Active Soles was opened in 2008 and has enjoyed a growing relationship with the Matanuska Community. The shoe store is owned by Anne Thomas, licensed Physical Therapist and certified Pedorthist. The vision of the shoe store is to enable their customers to engage in a physically active life style in comfort. The primary goal is to fit individuals with the most appropriate shoe for their foot type. Individuals will experience having their foot size measured and will be educated on the most appropriate shoe for their foot.
Satisfaction is guaranteed and our 30 day return policy reflects that guarantee. We also offer a shoe card which allows you to record you purchases. The purchase of six pairs of shoes qualifies you for a 7th pair of equal value free.
Anne’s journey to Palmer covers several continents. Born in Nairobi Kenya she completed a BA in Biology in Indiana and then a BSc in Physical Therapy from a university in Aberdeen, Scotland. She started her work experience in Perth, Western Australia and has finally settled in Alaska. Orthopedic Physical Therapy is her passion and following an Orthopedic residency she became board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists. To complement her interest in feet she completed a Pedorthist certification and to support her exercise prescription background she completed a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification.
Kate Arnold is a successful transplant to Alaska from her small town home in Wisconsin. Raised a solid Green Bay Packer fan, she has recently shifted her focus to Mountain Climbing, Running and Cycling. She met her husband in 2009 during a Wild Land Firefighter training course in Vail, CO where she had been working as a Snowboard Safety Patroller for 5 years. In the summer of 2010 Kate and her husband moved to Kauai, HI to pursue their love for the ocean and to compete as an outrigger canoe racer. In 2011 they relocated to Alaska to further their experience in Glacier travel, Mountaineering and Mountain Running. She has since raced in many Alaskan races including six ½ marathons and her first full Marathon in 2014. She has also competed in her first 100mile century ride and is now training to compete in the 2015 Ironman New Zealand. She loves the Outdoors, being motivated by others and working hard to become the best athlete she can be.
Lance Arnold is a long time athlete who got his early start in high school track and football then continued with college rugby while attending Lake Superior State University for Fire Science Technology. He has enjoyed Nordic and Skate skiing as well as trail running and mountain biking for many years. Lance is an avid backcountry rider and climber, including ice and mountain ascents, and is a member of the American Alpine Club. Born a Michigan native living on Lake Huron, he made the move to the North Shore of Kauai, HI to pursue surfing and outrigger canoe racing. After 7 summers and 3 winters in Hawaii he transplanted to Vail, CO and lived in the Rocky Mountains for over 10 years. During the summer of 2011 he relocated with his wife to Palmer, Alaska in order to continue on the path of mountain climbing and running.
Raymond Chapman, or “Chappy” for most who know him, is a born and raised Palmer Alaskan. Unlike some kids these days, he spent most of his time growing up outside hiking, biking, camping or sledding his days away. Football was his main squeeze in High School, but he’s got a new love called running and he has had an on again, off again relationship with weightlifting for over a decade! When he isn’t keeping his body active he works out his mind with acting and filmmaking. Maybe you’ve seen Moose: The Movie? He acted and was part of the team that filmed it! Active Soles has helped him explore more outlets for his obsession of the outdoors and can’t wait to show you the footage of those adventures.