Fleming’s is a second-generation Tulsa business
Family business has addressed Tulsa’s shoe needs for 34 years.
Angela, Ryan, Carla and Carson Fleming
Ryan Fleming, owner of Fleming’s Comfort Shoes, has been in the shoe business since he was 3.
“I grew up playing around here, back in the stacks,” Fleming says, pointing to the shelves of shoes in his stockroom, “I remember playing Nintendo and then having to help box up shoes or do inventory.”
The store was founded in 1985 by Ryan’s father, John. A career in the oil business meant he faced the prospect of moving out of Tulsa as the energy industry migrated to larger cities in the mid-’80s, but John believed Tulsa was a better place to raise his family.
After some market research, he decided to open a quality footwear store with an emphasis on good service. John consulted friends and relatives in the shoe business and learned the proper way to take detailed measurements for the best possible fit.
It’s a tradition Ryan Fleming and his wife, Carla, proudly carry on. “That’s our pillar that we stand on: full-service shoe consultants,” he says.
Fleming always loved sales. He went on to study business at Southwestern University near Austin, Texas; sold shoes in another specialty store in Austin; and spent time as a shoe wholesaler to better understand the industry. He even spent time doing business development in Nepal before he returned to run the family business.
Fleming returned to Tulsa in 2013 and committed to staying for one year, but one of the factors that persuaded him to stay was Tulsa’s growing small business community.
“This is like a small business, independent movement,” he says. “It’s cool, because it gives Tulsa character.”
Fleming became the store’s owner in 2016. His mother, Angela, is a certified pedorthist, a specialist in fitting shoes and inserts for those with foot problems.
With its deep roots and service-oriented mission, Flemings is a proud member of the Tulsa small business community.
Fleming’s Comfort Footwear
5914 S. Lewis Ave. | 918-743-7463 | flemingsshoes.com
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday