Alfano’s Stride Rite is a family owned and operated company providing quality products and superior service to Michigan customers since 1964.
We are proud to be recognized as the number one choice in the children’s footwear industry. Our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced sales staff offers a full service, sit and fit shopping environment. Carrying a full line of shoes, athletic shoes, summer sandals, winter boots and related accessories, we are the one stop option for all of your children’s footwear needs. Trained fit specialists will measure both feet to insure a proper fit at the best possible value. Well known for specializing in those hard to fit feet, we carry a selection of wide and extra wide widths.
Our History: Nick Alfano began his career in the children’s shoe business in 1964 as a sales associate for Sherman Shoes, an independent retailer in Saginaw, Michigan. His interest in the children’s shoe business led him to purchase the store and later change the name to Alfano’s Stride Rite. The company added a second Saginaw location when the Fashion Square Mall opened in 1972. As the transition from downtown shopping to strip centers and major malls had begun, additional locations were opened in the Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Flint, Grand Rapids and Detroit areas. Although there have been many changes over the years, the original location remains open and also serves as a corporate office and distribution center for the company. Along the way, two additional generations of family members have joined the journey and continue the commitment to bring quality footwear and superior service to families across the state of Michigan.