For another Pierce Footwear convert, laceless = painless.


Bill Klements wears a pair of Pierce Footwear T1s and carries another just in case. They are his new favorite shoes, now that he can walk pain-free again.

Bill Klements was a Pro Association Ski Instructor for more than 40 years. He was Past-President of the Bay Area Municipal Athletic Foundation and a Board Member for the SoCal Municipal Athletic Foundation. Yet after retiring near Bend, Oregon with severe nerve damage in both of his legs, this life-long athlete was unable to even walk across a room without excruciating pain. That is, until he discovered Pierce Footwear.

Klements had spent thousands of dollars on orthotics but found no relief. Finally one day, Bend Pedorthist Randall Barna showed him a pair of Pierce T1s. Klements had never seen anything like the bright orange lace-less, tongue-less performance shoes originally designed to shorten transition times for triathletes and duathletes. They were just about perfect.

“I have worn Pierce shoes almost every day since I bought them last November,” said Klements. “I modified the left foot insole to reduce the pressure under my left small toe. And now I average 1.5 to 2 miles walking a day. I can honestly say that I am no longer in any pain whatsoever. Not bad for a soon-to-be 80-year-old guy who has only 25% of his nerves working from the hips down.”

Barna’s Footform Performance Othotics Center is currently one of two places in Bend where Pierce Footwear is sold. The shoes are also available at Princess Athletic in downtown Bend and at

“Needless to say, we are very gratified to hear stories like Bill’s,” says Pierce Footwear CEO and Founder, George Pierce. “He is so happy, he’s handed out 15 of our business cards to people who have asked about the shoes.”

It just goes to show, sometimes the best advertising is word of feet.