Who We Are

owners Chris and JD

Chris Denton, Co-owner, Shoe Chick:
Born in the 20th century in the thriving metropolis of Hiawatha, Kansas, Chris will not tell her age but she can guarantee she is old enough to vote, but not old enough to retire. Chris has always been interested in health and fitness, practicing as a registered dietitian in cardiac rehabilitation for 10 years in North Carolina before moving to Davis in 1993. When she isn’t working at the store she is usually digging in her garden or volunteering at the UC Davis Arboretum. Other times she loves cross-training and can be seen at Fit House Davis doing spin classes or practicing yoga. At Fleet Feet Davis she is the head buyer for women's apparel and manages the store’s human resource department. Yep, she's the one to talk to about a job.

J.D. Denton, Co-owner, Shoe Guy:
J.D. came of age on the plains of West Texas during the 20th century, but eventually wandered north to Kansas where he earned a B.A. in Communications from Wichita State University in 1973. It was in Wichita that he met and married the amazing Chris Denton (see above). They moved to North Carolina, where they lived for 18 years, then to northern California in 1993 to buy Fleet Feet Sports in Davis. A professional retailer since 1975, J.D. managed jeans stores and sporting goods stores for 20 years before taking over as owner of Fleet Feet. When he’s not working at the store, J.D. burns out heart rate monitor batteries on his elliptical trainer, rides his ElliptiGO around Davis greenbelts, walks his Labrador (Sam Elliott, the wonder dog), or crashes in his recliner to root for the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos (if they're playing each other, he roots for the home team...most of the time). He’s also active in the Davis Chamber of Commerce, the Davis Rotary Club, and the Davis Downtown Business Association. J.D. wrote the "Shoe Guy," commentary on runners and the shoes they love, for Running Times magazine for 15 years. In 2008 he was elected to the Specialty Running Hall of Fame by members of the Running Industry Association.

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