Willian M Scholl the son of German imigrants was born in Indiana. At 18 he moved to Chicago where he was employed by Rupperts a shoe retailer. Scholl attended night classes at the Illinois Medical School, graduating in 1904 as podiatrist.
In 1904 he gained a patent for a mechanical foot support called the Foot Eazer and in 1906 he started his own company. Over several years he produced a series of similarly patented footcare products, including: the Zino Pad, rubberless stockings, anticorn pads, cushion insoles, exercise sandals, orthopedic shoes, Foot Wings and Ball-O-Foot Cushions.
Established in 1912, William founded the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, located at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois.
Scholl sold his products all over America and eventually overseas, By the early 1960s, there were about 100 Dr. Scholl's Foot Comfort Shops in the United States, and over 400 overseas.
William M. Scholl died in 1968 at the age of 86, with over 1000 patented footcare products to his name.