of the Stores
Rudy Pape, founder of Rudolph's Shoes, started as a sales clerk for Sampson's Shoes in Sheldon, Iowa.
Later he and his wife, Marion, managed his first store in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
They then returned to Sheldon and managed the store there. Upon the death of Mr. Guy Sampson in 1962,
Rudy bought Sampson Shoes renaming it Rudolph's Shoes. Today Rudolph's operates a store in
Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a store in Sioux City, Iowa.
Rudy Pape sells his first pair of shoes as a sales clerk for Sampson’s Shoes in Sheldon, Iowa
Upon the death of Guy Sampson, Rudy Pape and wife, Marion, purchase Sampson’s Shoes in Sheldon, Iowa
renaming it Rudolph’s shoes
Rudolph’s expands to Western South Dakota and opens a store in Rapid City; the store is managed
by Leroy Van De Stouwe
Van De Stowe Purchases the Rapid City store and continues to operate it today
Rudolph’s Shoes opens a men’s and women’s footwear store in the
Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City. At this time Rudy and Marion were joined by their eldest son, Mike,
who is owner and general manager today
Rudolph’s expands to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is currently managed by Heath Bills and staff
Rudolph’s of Sioux City moves to a free standing store outside the Southern Hills Mall
and has been managed by Rae Marie Pendergast since 1980
The Papes open Rudolph’s Sister store, New Balance of Omaha, offering Omaha’s largest
variety of New Balance footwear and apparel.