the Competitive Foot

The summer I was entering my sophomore year of high school, I was walking around Downtown Oak Park with a friend.  I came across an athletic shoe store called the Competitive Foot.  I had always played sports and thought maybe I’d check it out.  After walking around the store for a few minutes, I noticed there were a couple high school kids working there.  “What a great place to work!” I thought.  I didn’t have a job at that point but wanted to get one so I could have my own spending money. So, I asked for an application.

Thirteen years later, I am proud to say am still an employee.

The business started in 1974 and was the very FIRST athletic shoe store in Illinois!  The store was started by Tim and Tyna Eggert and has served loyal customers, athletes, and the community through numerous races, fun runs, and many other events for 4 decades!

They worked hard and now, it’s Tim and Tyna’s turn to relax and enjoy retirement.  The Competitive Foot will be crossing the finish line of its 40 year run this July.

I am honored to have been able to work for such a great institution for as long as I did.  Through high school, college, other jobs, and grad school, I never left and there is a reason for that.  I developed some great friendships, learned an incredible amount about so many things, and I truly feel lucky to have grown up in such a great place. And that’s just it.  I grew up there.  It’s home to me. It’s home to many.

I am sad.  An era is ending.  A chapter in my life is ending.  13 years.  13 amazing years.  But, a new chapter is beginning, for all of us at the CFoot.  We were all blessed with a really great boss who worked around everyone’s crazy schedules, sought you out for input on various things, and trusted your judgment.  We were a family.  We are a family.  I love my CFoot family and I will never forget the times we had.

We teamed up with Share Your Soles to collect used shoes for people suffering from natural disasters like the hurricane in Haiti and Hurricane Sandy.

We had sidewalk sales every summer, with tons of tables full of shoe bargains.  Playing music and having fun with employees.  It was always a good time.

And sponsored many, many races.

Most of all, I think I will miss my co-workers.  My family.  Thank you for being such great friends.  I know this isn’t good-bye and we will see each other often, but it will surely be different not working together.

It has been an honor and a privilege.

Thank you, Competitive Foot.

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