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Thank you for visiting BuyHappyFeet.com. We are located in Louisville, Kentucky, which is the 16th largest city in the US. We at Happy Feet take pride in providing the highest quality and most comfortable house slippers in the world.

Happy Feet was started in 1996 as a mall cart program that quickly expanded throughout the US, England, Canada and Spain. Our business philosophy is family oriented, which makes us different than many wholesalers and/or web vendors. We are very close to many of our operators and their families, and we take a lot of pride in that.

Contained in this website you will find most any piece of information regarding Happy Feet and our fuzzy slippers. Whether you want to open a mall cart/kiosk, do a fundraising program for your school or organization, or just buy a pair for grandma for a gift, it is all here. The goal of this section is to inform you, our customers, and potential customers about who you are buying from. Throughout this page you will find information and photos of my family, which will open larger when you click upon the thumbnails to the right.

My name is Pat Yates, president and owner of Happy Feet. I have been in business for myself for many years and take pride in providing great products and services to my customers. My true passion, however, is my family and sports. I am an avid University of Louisville sports fan, especially basketball.

I bought Happy Feet from my family in 2002 and expanded to hundreds of malls in the U.S. The product line began with only a handful of styles in standard colors and has since added an animal slipper line and a collegiate line. I launched the e-commerce site in 2002.

In 2010, we added Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi as a licensee after she wore the pink and white Happy Feet on MTV’s Jersey Shore. She then took her slippers to many television appearances including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, The Wendy Williams Show, Good Morning America and The Today Show.

Happy Feet have also been featured in many other television shows, including Lost, The Bachelorette, and Sean Saves the World. In 2014, I got the opportunity to pitch Happy Feet to the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank.

My wife Sandy, who some of you have spoken with, is active in the business when she is not chasing around and playing chauffer to our three boys. She loves to read and tries to play golf. She also loves basketball, cross country and is a big U of L basketball fan. She figures that if she wants to spend anytime with her family she has to love sports.

Nathan is the oldest. He was born in Columbus, Ohio. His favorite sports are basketball and cross country. His favorite basketball player is Dwayne Wade. Nathan is also a huge UofL fan. He also was a ball boy on the last game for Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum. He enjoys playing with his friends, and playing golf.

Jordan is the middle child. His favorite classes are math and science. His favorite NBA player is Dwayne Wade. He likes to play guitar, basketball, run cross country, ride bikes, and swim with his friends. He also loves to attend U of L basketball games.

That leaves us with the youngest Dylan. Our last effort to have a girl, which as you can see did not happen. Dylan also loves to play basketball and run cross country. He is wild, tough, and thinks that he can do whatever his brothers can do. Dylan is also a big U of L fan (big surprise).

Pat Yates
Owner/President
pat@buyhappyfeet.com