About Us

Voted one of the top 10 shoe stores in the world by the International Trade Journal, Footwear News and voted 'Best of the City' in Toronto Life's 2017 issue. DAVIDS was founded in 1951 by Louis and Julia Markowitz. More than 60 years later, the retailer is still owned & operated by the Markowitz family.

Internationally recognized for the finest selection of the world’s leading footwear designers, DAVIDS is the largest freestanding independent luxury shoe store in Canada and a staple in the Canadian luxury market. A department store of accessories with a gallery like display, DAVIDS is renowned for its imported designer footwear and handbags for both men and women.

Favorite brands at DAVIDS include Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Aquazzura, Chloe, Giuseppe Zanotti, René Caovilla, Valentino and many more. As well as men’s collections from Versace, Kenzo, Paul Smith, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, Gravati and more.

In addition to its flagship store at the corner of Bay and Bloor, DAVIDS has three other locations in Toronto at Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Bayview Village and Sherway Gardens.

About Markio Design

For 65 years Markio Design has had its finger on the pulse of international fashion footwear. As founders of the renowned DAVIDS Footwear and Capezio Shoes and Duet Shoes, Markio Designs Inc has maintained a flare for selecting the finest footwear available from the worlds best in fashion footwear design.

With 65 years of experience in the industry (including 46 impressive years on Bloor Street), and 11 retail locations across the greater Toronto area, Markio Designs Inc has cemented itself as an icon of Canadian retail.

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DAVIDS FOOTNOTES

1951

Louis and Julia Markowitz launch DAVIDS name at the corner of College Street and Brunswick Avenue, Toronto’s first retailer of imported luxury footwear.

1957

DAVIDS opens on Eglinton Avenue in Toronto.

1971

DAVIDS moves a third time to the corner of Bay and Bloor in downtown Toronto and is one of the first fashion retailers on Bloor Street.

1976

The next generation of Markowitzs, David, Faye, Alan and Lorne, introduce Capezio, a concept store for directional footwear with approachable price points. The store opens at Bayview Village, along with six additional Capezio stores in Toronto.

1985

DAVIDS flagship store at Bay and Bloor undergoes brand new redesign, completed by internationally acclaimed interior design firm, Yabu Pushelberg.

1996

DAVIDS launches their first online Designer catalogue.

2000

The second DAVIDS opens at Bayview Village.

2005

The third DAVIDS opens at Yorkdale Shopping Mall.

2007

DAVIDS flagship stores at Bay and Bloor undergo a spectacular renovation, completed by internationally acclaimed interior design firm, Burdifilek. On April 18th, DAVIDS celebrates the grand reopening of DAVIDS and Capezio flagship stores on Bloor Street.

2009

DAVIDS Bayview Village undergoes brand new redesign by internationally acclaimed interior design firm, Burdifilek

2011

DAVIDS celebrates 60 years of shoes.

2013

DAVIDS launches ecommerce.

2015

DAVIDS Yorkdale is renovated by internationally acclaimed interior design firm, Burdifilek.

2015

The fourth DAVIDS opens in Sherway Gardens.