A Family Business

Zenith Shoes has been family owned and operated since 1973.

The original Zenith Shoes on St. Clair
Nicola DiFrangia hard at work at the family shoe store

Zenith Shoes has been family owned and operated since 1973. Established by Nicola DiFrangia, an Italian immigrant and proud Canadian citizen, he opened Zenith Shoes with a dream of providing a better life for his family. He chose the bustling Italian St. Clair Corso Italia community as the location for his store, where it remains a community landmark over 40 years later. His children and grandchildren all have fond memories of helping and visiting Papa at the shoe store as children, and are proud to carry on the tradition today.

Today his daughters Lucia and Maria continue to carry on their father’s legacy, providing excellent service and a wide selection of high-quality Italian shoes. Zenith Shoes has expanded over the years, and now also offers a selection of shoes from other exceptional shoe companies from around the world. They also carry a select line of accessories such as purses, wallets, and belts.

Having learned from the best, Lucia and Maria have become strong and savvy business woman in their own right. Since taking over the family business, they have focused on expanding their offerings of quality designer leather footwear. Zenith Shoes is known in the community for their large selection of men’s, women’s, and children’s quality shoes. They understand that while excellent quality never goes out of style, it is important for today’s consumer to also be on-trend. The sisters travel to Italy regularly to meet with designers and manufacturers, as well as to attend Milan’s designer shoe shows, ensuring they continue to offer a selection of shoes that blend the best in quality materials, expert craftsmanship, and impeccable style.

More recently, Lucia and Maria have taken their knowledge of fine Italian craftsmanship and style to Canadian manufacturers, working with a select few to create custom-made handbags produced to their high standards, in styles that complement the shoes they sell. While trends come and go, good taste never goes out of style. It is with this goal in mind that the sisters carefully choose each item to be sold in-store.

Zenith Shoes is a modern store that combines old world values and great customer service with the latest in high-fashion footwear and accessories. Fluent in English and Italian, the staff treats new customers with the same attention that long-time customers receive. Come on in and become part of the tradition!

Store Location

1250 St. Clair Ave. West, 
Toronto, Ontario, M6E 1B7

Store Hours

Monday – Thursday:  9:30am – 6:00pm

Friday:  9:30am – 7:30pm

Saturday:  9:30am – 6:00pm

Sunday: Closed