sole.mate began as a little footwear boutique in Downtown Great Falls, Montana, November 21, 2009. We opened very small & during an economic depression, but we had a dream.
After opening & making our way through our first Holiday Season, we started selling our discounted, sale items on eBay in 2010. Seeing the positive reaction from selling on the internet, I set out on an unknown journey of developing our own website.
In early 2012, our shopping site, sole.mate montana was launched!
After 4 years later of running both a Website & a Showroom, sole.mate montana became 100% internet based!
Our mission is to bring to our customers hip, trendy, classic, comfortable fashion, no matter where you live. We strive to do this with style and grace, without compromising our exceptional service.
What you wear from head to toe, is an expression of your unique self & we're excited to be a part of your fashion building journey.
Michele Wandke - proprietress
I have been in love with all things fashion, for as long as I can remember. I think it all started when I was about 6 and started playing with Barbies. Who wouldn't love to have all those shoes & clothes?? I knew in some way, shape or form, my life would have something to do with fashion.
I am - a wife & a mother of two beautiful women; a foodie/closet chef who loves to put on huge holiday meals with my soulmate; I hoard shoes & cookbooks; and I've rarely ever turned down a glass of wine. With champs, you'll win me over every time! I love the smell of leather, office supply stores, book stores & I have over 100 bottles of perfume.
I'm also more than a little obsessed with all things related to Real Housewives. So if Bravo decided to make a Real Housewives of Montana (CALL ME, @ANDY COHEN!!), my tag line would be, "Fashion trends may occupy my mind, but Montana will always have my heart!"
John Wandke - president of craziness
John is the yin to my yang and works tirelessly to keep me sane. He is my partner in all things & sole.mate montana would not be what it is today without his love and support of my dream. I mean, look at him! What an awesome man I have!
John, with a degree in Microbiology, ran the lab of the water treatment plant, for the City of Great Falls, for over 20 years! It was his responsibility to make sure that 60,000+ people drank safe & clean water. When the City officials failed (like the losers they are) to see the benefit of having a microbiologist run the lab, John left the water treatment plant to dedicate his time to being the president of sole.mate. (PS - I just want to side-note that one of those "city officials", mainly the one who LIED to the unemployment office so that John couldn't qualify for his unemployment that he was DUE, landed her ass in JAIL for obstruction! It was an unrelated deal, but JAIL, hunny!! What an up-standing citizen!)
John, my fabulous husband, wears many hats as president, but his favorite is the hard hat. Why the hard hat? You will just have to ask him! When John isn't wrapping your purchases for shipment, you can find him either gardening, cooking, baking, buying wine or posing with statues & people sleeping in public. If you fall asleep in public, chances are John has posed with you. ;)