Family Owned Since 1932
Born in Nebraska of German parents, company founder Joseph Daniel Zinke was destined to learn at a tender age that a shoemaker’s son in the 1880’s was required to forget play and grow up in the shoemaking business. At the age of 6 therefore he started his kindergarten apprenticeship. For years, his duty was to sit at attention before and after school in his father’s shop receiving daily instruction on the craftsmanship of transforming leather into custom shoes. At 14, Zinke left home to see the world and learn, to travel and earn… then “my own shop” someday. It is from this commitment to footwear that Corefit Orthotics was born.