Nick Swinmurn founded Zappos in 1999 when he couldn't find a pair of brown Airwalks at the mall. He approached Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin with the idea of selling shoes online. Zappos.com was officially launched in June 1999 as ShoeSite.com. The company later changed its name from... Read More ShoeSite to Zappos, which is a variation of 'zapatos," the Spanish word for shoes. Today, Zappos.com is an online shoe and clothing store based in Henderson, Nevada. Zappos.com has expanded to be the largest online shoe store since it was founded in 1999. The company was acquired by Amazon.com in 2009, and has continued to grow even more. Zappos mainly specializes in shoes as the store offers around 50,000 different shoes online. Zappos features brands like Nike tennis shoes, UGG boots, Steve Madden flats, and more. Zappos later expanded into clothing and other accessories in 2007 as the CEO Tony Hsieh wants to "build the best brand of costumer service." Although Zappos was founded for its shoes, the company is continuously expanded into other products, such as kids' clothing, handbags, sunglasses, and more.