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Bill Crary | Master Shoemaker

Bill Crary | Master Shoemaker

- History of Crary Shoes -

After learning and honing all the shoemaking skills in his father's company (Danner Boots), Bill decided in 1978 to set up his own custom shoemaking shop. For years he had observed that a high percentage of people shopping for footwear had to compromise on fit, and therefore, on comfort. As a result, it became his objective then, as it continues to be now, to cater to that discriminating segment of the population who respect their feet and the need to treat them accordingly. And, although Bill accepts custom shoemaking which conforms solely to fashion desires, the need for fit and comfort takes preeminence in the footwear he crafts. 

Bill has handcrafted footwear of all kinds.  He has made boots for Shaquille O'Neal, golf shoes for Michael Jordan, snowboard boots, hundreds of cowboy boots, shoes for television shows and even a shoe for a penguin.  After all of that, his proudest achievement is building a family business that his children are passionate about and will help carry it forward for generations to come.  



Meredith Crary Johanson

Meredith Crary-Johanson, C. Ped, VP

After completing her Bachelors Degree at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID, Meredith completed her pedorthic training at the Robert M. Palmer, MD Institute of Biomechanics, Inc. Meredith is now a member of the ABCOP as a Certified Pedorthist. Meredith spends her time seeing patients, making molds for custom lasts and daily operations for Crary Shoes. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys going on adventures with her husband and two children. If she has any time left, you'll find her at barre class or on her next DIY project.

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Chris Crary, Director of Inspiration

After 10 years of working in the creative space amongst Portland, Oregon, Chris has decided to bring his services and skills to the family business at Crary Shoes. "My job is one of the most challenging, crazy and fun-loving positions you could ever have. Every day is different than the next and that's what makes it fun. Someone once told me, "How you do anything is how you do everything." Because I believe this to be true, I try to be excellent in every area of my life." In his spare time you can find Chris at the rock climbing gym Planet Granite as he practices to be a contestant on the hit TV Show American Ninja Warrior. 


Ivan, Bottoming Department

Meet our team here at Crary Shoes! 
Ivan runs the bottoming department here at Crary Shoes.  He always greets everyone with a huge SMILE on his face!  He is trustworthy, loyal and hard working.  In the almost decade that he has been on our team, he hasn’t aged a bit… not sure how that’s possible with 9 children… maybe he’s superhuman. 


Claudia Manea, Customer Service

Claudia is all things front end.  She answers all of our calls with a smile, handles every file from beginning to end and is the puppet master of our schedule.  She is a wonderful addition to our team as she understands the needs of our clients from her experience as a care provider and is a fabulous multi-tasker. 

Claudia came from Romania just a few short years ago, so she enjoys exploring the Pacific NW with her husband & baby boy.  She is also an incredible cook and an avid reader.

Angela Mellen

Angela Mellen, Account Manager

Angela joined the Crary Team January 2016 with 20 years accounting and Human Resource experience.  She handles all of our accounts and medical billing from start to finish. 

In her spare time Angela enjoys traveling to her home state of Alaska with her husband & four children exploring the outdoors as well as attending her children’s multiple sporting events.


Emanuel Manea, Shoemaker

Manu is a key player on our shoemaking team. He is organized and mechanically inclined, making him a great asset to our factory.  Manu carves out lasts on our lathe, cuts leather on our digital cutting table, lasts shoes and much more. 
When he’s not spending time with his family, he’s out enjoying the Pacific NW either hunting or snowboarding.  He’s also a great bass player, we think there’s nothing he can’t do.