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A Scholl sandal beside a non-labelled sandal also made in China
|Founder(s)||William Mathias Scholl|
North America: Merck & Co./Brown Shoe Company
Rest of World: Reckitt Benckiser
|Products||Foot care products and shoes|
Dr. Scholl's is a footwear and foot care brand owned by British-company SSL International and manufactured in China. By 21 July 2014 the brand was bought by Aurelius AG. The brand was started by podiatrist William Mathias Scholl in 1906, in Chicago, United States. The original company expanded globally to design and patent over 1000 foot care products, and became a member of the Fortune 500 in 1971.
After William Scholl died in 1968, Schering-Plough bought the brand. Under parent Merck & Co., Schering-Plough imports the product line from China, and has a North American distribution agreement with the Brown Shoe Company. In 1984, Schering-Plough sold the global brand and non-North American operations to European Home Products, who today as SSL International continues to manufacture footwear and foot care products distributed under the Scholl brand.