The company began in 1973, when Angie and Roland Bender opened the first Bender’s Shoes store in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They combined good quality shoes with sit-and-fit full service to customers. Today our family owned business, now in its third generation, has rebranded as Benders. We have three stores located in Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Duluth. The founding principles of providing top-notch service and quality selection to our customers remain our mission today.

Benders stores have a fabulous selection of comfortable, fashionable shoes and apparel.

If you like quality shoes and clothing, and appreciate personal attention and service, then you will enjoy a visit to Benders. Each store has its own unique flavor, product mix, and selection of brands and styles. The Grand Rapids and Hibbing stores feature casual clothing for men, dress-casual clothing and accessories for women, and the area’s largest selection of quality shoes for men, women and children. Our store in Duluth is all about footwear for men and women and offers a large selection of fashionable and comfortable shoes, supportive insoles, performance socks, shoe care products and handbags.

We hand-pick the styles and brands we bring into our stores.

Chosen for quality, comfort, and fashion trends from some of the better brands available. Brands like Dansko, Ecco, Merrell, New Balance, Brooks, Smartwool, Rieker, Keen, Taos, Keen, Oboz, Kuhl, Birkenstock and more.

Visit a Benders store and you’ll find a warm and inviting atmosphere, an up-to date selection of quality shoes and apparel, and great service from friendly, knowledgeable people. We invite you to visit each of our stores and give us a try.


In 1973 Roland and Angie Bender purchased Stenberg Shoes, a family shoe store which had served the Grand Rapids area since 1951, and opened Bender’s Shoes in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Bender’s Shoes continued in the tradition of offering the finest in quality shoes and service, and in 1976 added a store in Hibbing, Minnesota.

In March of 2013 Benders newest store opened in Duluth, Minnesota.  Benders Duluth store offers quality comfort footwear for men and women, with professional fit and service. The store is conveniently located on the corner of Maple Grove Road and Mall Drive (across from Target).

In 2018 we introduced our new logo and launched the new BENDERS brand, with the goal of unifying our three unique stores.