The Tootsies’ story began in 1992 when Claude Bohemier and Greg Taylor acted on their vision for a new kind of shoe store, a uniquely Canadian store offering quality family footwear and factory-direct pricing.
With a combined 50 years of expertise, experience and influence in the shoe industry, the entrepreneurial pair negotiated aggressive pricing for their new Brantford, Ontario location. In spite of opening their doors on the cusp of a recession, what would soon become the flagship store opened to excited throngs of shoppers eager to enjoy the incredible value and quality advertised by the new retail outlet.
Today, Tootsies has grown to 22 stores with over 100 employees. Now in the hands of the second generation from both families, the founders’ work is carried on today and this all-Canadian owned and operated retailer is a source of pride for the growing family team. The clarity of their Canadian focus shows in Tootsies’ marketing strategies, it’s branding and corporate identity.
In addition to the growing number of retail locations, you can also find Tootsies in key Ontario factory outlet malls including Windsor Crossing Plaza, St. Jacobs Outlets, Canada One Factory Outlets in Niagara Falls, Tanger Outlets at Cookstown and King’s Crossing Fashion Outlet in Kingston.
By keeping their marketing strategies current with the ever-changing Canadian market, a new trade name, Tootsies Family Shoe Market, was added in 1999 as well as recently adding into the corporate family, our current trade name, Tootsies Shoe Market. We are also proud to have re-launched our website as an e-commerce site to reach our customers based outside of Ontario.
Tootsies Shoe Market continues to grow and evolve but the goal will always be to provide affordable footwear for the entire family. From slippers to fashion shoes, walking shoes to technical running shoes, foot care products to winter boots, the brands offered in all Tootsies locations offer something for everyone. Tootsies’ extensive selection includes many name brands such as Birkenstock, Wanderlust, Lullabies, Walter’s Footcare Products, Merrell, UGG, Toe Warmers, Skechers, Timberland, New Balance and Kamik among many others to ensure that each family members’ footwear needs are met.