Dancing Since 1887! The Icon of Dance manufacturing the world's finest dance brands.
Founded in 1887
Salvatore Capezio was born on April 13, 1871 in Muro Lucano, Italy. Uninterested in following in his fathers footsteps as a construction engineer, he became an artist of his own right, a cobbler. In 1887, at the age of 17, he opened his shop on Broadway and 39th Street, diagonally across from the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. At the time, the Statue of Liberty was barely a year old and the sign above his door read: The Theatrical & Historical Shoemaker.
Capezio products remain in the forefront in quality and in technological advances with innovations like the split-sole, the stretch-insert, the Dansneaker® and the Tapsneaker. Over 100 years after Salvatore fixed a pair of shoes for the Met, Capezio's SMU Theatrical Department is still hand crafting footwear for many shows and company's including the casts of The Lion King and Cats and for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney World and Disney Land.