Welcome to my world. My name is Chris and I’ll be touring you thru the very weird world of the so-called runner, Chris Peake. I oversee the wonderful athletic-performance buying team here at Zappos.com. I typically run about 20-25 miles a week out of the complete necessity. I say that only because I drink way too much beer and if I didn’t run, well…you get the picture – literally. I also run because I like it. There’s something insanely great about running and it’s not the fact that you stay in lean, mean fighting machine shape as much as it’s a huge release for me, both mentally and physically.
Since you’re here, it’s a perfect opportunity to learn a little bit about me. So, first things first – Call me cp, call me Chris, call me Chrispy, or Chris Puke, Peakie, Chrissie, Christy, Margaret, Ralphie, Garçon , Boy…Whatever, just don’t call me Christopher. My old boss and my mother screamed ‘CHRISTOPHER’ when I did something wrong – which was a lot. Bad memories.
Okay fine, you can call me Christopher. It really doesn’t bother me that much.
I got my shoe career started when I was a wee lad. I tripped down a full flight of stairs on my untied shoelaces (I have the scar to prove it, and no I didn’t land on my head…I only bounced on it 4 or 5 times). It was from that day forward that I thought shoes would be the perfect career to strive for. I started dreaming of shoes, coloring just the shoes on characters in my coloring book, and joined many of the Shoe Pen Pal Clubs (SPPC) that were available to me as a youth. When I turned 13, I sold Girl Scout Cookies for my sister. That was fun – Especially the part that involved my wearing a wig, but seriously folks – Those Thin Mints are off the Hizzzzzzie! I moved to California and got my dream job a few years later working as a stock boy/coffee and bagel go-getter at the local Mom and Pop Sporting Goods store. Life was good – Shoes, bagels, bathroom duties, working for $4.15 an hour – ALL really sweet stuff, especially my boss. He said I was a very good worker. He was a nice guy. Things progressed and I was given a raise to $4.50 an hour and then there was no backing out. I was in this puppy for the long haul! I have no regrets about not taking that Nuclear Physicist Career or that job being Ruler of the Universe at all. All my struggles as a lonely shoe-boy paid off in ’04 when I made my Shoe Pilgrimage to Zappos.com (just recently passed Disneyworld as the happiest place on Earth. I just signed some permission slips for my kids…Sing with me! “It’s ‘nly Zaaaaaaaapos after all, it’s ‘nly Zaaaaaappos after all, it’s ‘nly Zaaaaaappos after all, it’s only Zappos after all!”) YAY!
In all seriousness though, if you haven’t read anything about Zappos.com, let me tell you – ZAPPOS is an AMAZING company and I’m extremely lucky and happy to call such a company ‘home’. Zappos RoCkS!