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Special Announcement

Foster’s Shoes Toronto will be closing permanently on May 28th, 2022.

We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of our loyal customers both past and present.

We would also like to thank all of our employees past and present for all of their efforts.

Countless medical professionals have supported our business since our opening in 1953 and to you we would also like to say thank you.

It has been a rewarding and satisfying seven decades and all of you have helped make it possible.

For those of our customers who would like to repeat the same type of Foot Orthotics we have been making for you, please contact Johnson Brothers at 416-297-8555. If you require a lift to a shoe due to a leg length discrepancy, they can also do this work. Please note Johnson Brothers is NOT a retail shoe store, and they have no footwear inventory. Appointments are always necessary.

Thank you,

The Foster Family

1894 Lawrence Ave E.

Scarborough ON M1R 2Y5

Foster’s Wide Shoes: Orthopedic Shoes in Toronto

Welcome to Foster's shoes, fitting wide and specialty orthopedic shoes for Torontonians for over 60 years. At Foster's we have always recognized that properly fitted shoes are critical to your foot health and long term mobility. Our business has been built over the years by providing the expertise and the specialty products to keep your feet comfortable, happy and healthy on life's journey.


In 1953, Foster's Shoes was founded in Toronto as the first children's specialty shoe store by partners William “Bill” S. Foster and Thomas “Hank” Henry Newby. Working with local manufacturers, the partners design and create special “lasts” (the forms or shapes that shoes are made on) that are better suited to children's growing feet.


Purpose: Why We Are Here

To provide and expertly fit the very best selection of supremely comfortable medium to xxx wide width footwear in contemporary styling. 


We supply a wide variety of orthopedic shoes in Toronto. Our collection includes Ziera, EasyB, Dunham & Drew and more.


Definition of Pedorthics

The art concerned with the design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot appliances as prescribed for relief of painful or disabling conditions of the foot. (Dorland's Medical Dictionary)


Pedorthic Purpose

To strive to attain the best in pedorthic care and to ensure that the welfare of the prescriber's patient supercedes any commercial consideration.


Our Timeline


  • Foster’s gain support of medical community leading to advances in children’s pediatric footwear to treat a wide range of congenital and acquired foot problems



  • Further medical advances diminish the need for specialty pediatric footwear. This combined with strong market change to canvas running shoes brings abrupt change to Foster’s core business
  • Through their research efforts Bill and Hank are in the forefront of bringing specialty adult pedorthic footwear to the Canadian market for those with foot problems
  • Among the first Canadian pedorthists to use heat-molded “soft-tissue supplement” insoles with these shoes for diabetic and arthritic patients



  • Bill helps create the Canadian Prescription Footwear Association (now The Pedorthic Association of Canada)
  • Bill’s sons John and Edward (“Ted”) enter the business and later become the principals of the company



  • John and Ted attend weekly foot clinics in Toronto hospitals, working with doctors
  • John and Ted become Certified Pedorthists, earning the designation C Ped. (U.S.) and C Ped (C)



  • Foster’s changes from a strictly pedorthic business to add lines of contemporary comfort shoes such as Kumfs that are more stylish to complement the pedorthic footwear
  • Pedifix Footcare Products added to pedorthic repertoire that includes RX footwear modification, off-the-shelf foot orthotics
  • Foster's imports EasyB shoes from U.K., “The Perfect Fit for Wider Feet”


Contact Us Today

To learn more about our orthopedic shoes in Toronto, contact us today. Our products are known to offer great comfort and support!


Have any questions? Give us a call!

Bill Foster (centre) with managers Sam Weir (left) and Joe Kidd (right) at orthopedic surgeon's meeting circa 1967. Click to englarge

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