Founded by Italian-born artist and cobbler, Salvatore Capezio 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 has been a family-run business from the beginning and has become the industry standard for all dance shoes and apparel.