Robert S. Schwartz, C. Ped, is president and CEO of Eneslow Pedorthic Enterprises, Inc. which operates Eneslow Shoes and Orthotics, Eneslow Pedorthic Institute (EPI), and Eneslow.com. Eneslow and Mr. Schwartz are recognized leaders in footwear, footcare, and in their New York communities. Eneslow, founded in 1909, is the fulfillment of Schwartz’s vision to offer people footwear that provides the benefits of style, comfort, and healthy living. “Happy feet make people happy”. “Comfort is always in fashion at Eneslow”. “Treat your feet like you’ll have them for a lifetime. Eneslow is a retail shoe store with full-service, sit & fit, comprehensive inventory of footwear and related footcare products in sizes for all foot shapes and disorders, lifestyles, and seasons, physical and athletic activities. Pedorthic multi-generational career professionals operate and service Eneslow customers, clients, and filling prescriptions for patients. Ready-made footwear, orthotics, and foot products In-stock. Custom Foot and ankle orthoses, custom shoe modifications and full footwear customization. Custom-bespoke orthopedic footwear and shoe repair. The Eneslow Pedorthic Institute (EPI), opened in 1995 to educate healthcare professionals and the public on the benefits of wearing footwear that “feels as good as it looks”. Courses on conservative foot care, foot health and overall well-being are offered to aspiring and practicing pedorthists, healthcare professionals, shoe designers, wholesalers, retailers, and the public. EPI conducts events on the art and science of pedorthics and how it relates to improving people’s lives. Pedorthic footwear design, therapeutic shoe fitting, pedorthic pre-certification preparation, and retail business training courses are offered in its facilities in New York. (eneslow.com/epi).
Mr. Schwartz is Executive Director of the Pedorthic Footcare Association, PFA (2022 to present) the professional organization of America’s pedorthists. A past president (1986-1988) he served on their Pedorthic Educator’s Committee from 1985 to 1992, and 2009 to 2010. He served on the membership, marketing and publications committee prior to becoming Executive Director. (pedorthics.org). Mr. Schwartz is currently an adjunct instructor in the department of orthopedic sciences at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He has been a faculty member of the pedorthic programs at Ball State University, Florida International University, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York University Medical Center, Northwestern University, Staten Island University, Shoe Service Institute of America, UCLA, and others. Mr. Schwartz served on the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce in New York City from 2009 to 2021. (MCC.org). He is credited for the change in Commercial Rent Tax legislation, increasing the rent threshold from $250K to $500K, resulting in reducing taxes to thousands of Manhattan retailers. He was chair of Second Avenue Subway construction committee from 2009 to 2019, helping all businesses and residents deal with ten years of disruption and struggle. He served on the strategic planning committee, helping MCC grow its value to the Community and membership. His focus is to help merchants, and small businesses compete, survive, and thrive. Eneslow has served the Community by providing free shoes for the needy. It has provided 100,000’s pairs of shoes to organizations and individuals. Chabad, Council of Concerned Medical Professionals, Funds2Orgs, Grace Church, Grand Central Partnership on East 32nd Street, International Rescue Committee, Soles4Souls, Tender Care Human Services, and others. Mr. Schwartz was President and, on the board, and executive committee of the 23rd Street Association, a New York City civic and trade organization until it completed its mission and closed in 2009.