Long before cobblers repaired shoes and prior to the invention of boots, heels or sandals, men and women searched for comfortable coverings for their feet. Foot comfort and health have taken a big step forward, and the maker of Dr. Scholl's products can be credited for much of the progress in this area. Thankfully, technology that helps us run, walk and stand in comfort continues to progress. The Dr. Scholl's brand leads the way by utilizing the latest podiatric medicine and research to revolutionize the way Americans think of, and care for, their feet. 1882 William Mathias Scholl is born. 1900 Scholl enrolls in Illinois Medical School (now Loyola University). 1903 Scholl invents his first product, the “Foot Eazer.” 1904 Scholl graduates from medical school to become Dr. Scholl. 1906 Dr. Scholl incorporates his own business, The Scholl Manufacturing Company, in Illinois. 1907 Absorbo (corn) pads invented. 1909 Dr. Scholl starts a correspondence course for shoe-fitters. 1910 Brother F.J. Scholl joins the ranks and expands business to Canada. 1911 Dr. Scholl's opens retail business in London, which is a landmark for 47 years. 1912 Dr. Scholl founds Illinois College of Chiropody and Orthopedics (now Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine). 1918 The first mass-produced corn pad, “Zino-Pad,” is invented. 1928 Dr. Scholl's first American retail shop is opened. 1930 Dr. Scholl's introduces a line of shoes. 1936 Dr. Scholl's “Rubberless” soft support stockings are introduced. 1937 Dr. Scholl's shops open in Alexandria and Cairo, Palestine. 1939 Dr. Scholl's represented in every country in Europe, the Near East and Australia. 1940 Introduction of Foot Wings plastic arch supports and Ball-O-Foot Cushions foam rubber shock-prevention device. 1951 Air-Pillo insoles are added to Dr. Scholl's line. 1952 The famous blue and yellow Dr. Scholl's showcase is built. 1960 A 100,000-sq.-ft. addition is added to the headquarters in Chicago, increasing facility by 30 percent. 1965 Eastern offices constructed in New Jersey. 1968 Dr. Scholl's exercise sandals hit the shelves. 1970 Factory opens in Kentucky to produce women's shoes. 1971 Dr. Scholl's “goes public.” 1972 One million sandals sold in the United States. 1973 Lotions and moisturizers added to the footcare line. 1996 Dr. Scholl's introduces gel insoles. 1997 DynaStep® inserts introduced as an innovative and clinically proven solution for movement-related lower body pain. 1998 Pedicure Essentials® pampering product line expands. 1999 Dr. Scholl's launches Massaging Gel Insoles. 2000 Dr. Scholl's further expands its high-performance insole line with the launch of Dr. Scholl's Advantage® Sport & Advantage® Work Insoles. 2001 Dr. Scholl's launches Extra Support Insoles (designed to address extra weight or pressure) and StepWell Insoles (designed for arthritis and diabetes sufferers). 2002 Dr. Scholl's Advantage Powerwalk™ Insoles are introduced to provide ultimate walking comfort. 2003 Dr. Scholl's Tri-Comfort® Orthotics and Dr. Scholl's Advantage® Comfort Insoles are introduced. 2004 Dr. Scholl's Massaging Touch® Insoles are introduced. 2005 Dr. Scholl's Memory Fit® Customizing Insoles, Dr. Scholl's Memory Fit Work® Customizing Insoles, Dr. Scholl's Sport Replacement Insoles, Dr. Scholl's For Her Open Shoe® Insoles are introduced. 2006 Dr. Scholl's Heel Pain Relief Orthotics introduced. Expanded For Her line to include For Her Comfort Insoles and For Her Ball of Foot Cushions. 2007 Dr. Scholl's launches For Her Sole Expressions™, For Her Heel Liner and other grooming products. Back Pain Relief Orthotics and Arch Pain Relief Orthotics introduced. Launch of improved Massaging Gel Insoles, which delivers superior comfort. 2008 Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotics introduced.