Our Heritage

Our History reflects both a love of footwear and a plucky determination to see the public well-shod at any cost. After Joseph Letellier, who in 1897 had opened his first shoe store in Hull and then lost it all in the terrible blaze that in 1900 had destroyed both Ottawa and Hull’s commercial centers; he picked up the pieces and started again.

He rebuilt the new store at the busy corner of Sussex and Rideau. When fire struck again at that location 13 years later, Joseph still preserved. This time, he set up shop beside the old union station on Rideau, where his son Ernest joined him in business.

The Letellier’s were committed to offering a wide range of quality footwear to their customers, and the friendly, personal service they provided has become a tradition.

In 1966 the store moved to 142 Rideau, where it has expanded and grown into 146 Rideau Street. They are still proud to offer old-fashioned service and an excellent selection of the latest styles in a modern setting.

Over the years we have expanded into a 6,000 square foot retail space with anywhere from 42 to 45 brands in styles to fit any lifestyle and the knowledge and service to provide the best fitting.

Real Shoe Store

Described by our customers as the last authentic shoe store in Ottawa, our 6,000 square foot space has more than 15,000 shoes in inventory at any given time. Carrying different widths, four for both ladies and men, Letellier can put you in a sandal, shoe or boot that fits as if it was made just for you. Traditional measuring and knowledge of our numerous footwear collections mean that staff can accurately determine the best fit and style for your needs.

A Selection for all Seasons

Twice a year, we receive entirely new stock and you can expect to find a full range of footwear to suit your seasonal needs. For the milder weather, men can select from a range of sandals, dress shoes, hiking boots and crepe-soled classics. For the ladies, there are sandals, pumps, casual and outdoor shoes. Winter brings a vast array of shearling, wool and Gore-Tex-lined boots to help you survive even the worst Ottawa conditions. Several orthotic-friendly brands are available for those who have specific fitting requirements.

Designer Names for your Feet

Here at Letellier, we have never been afraid to name drop. ECCO, Clarks, Mephisto and Blundstone are just a few of the top brands that you will find shopping with us. We may be a traditional shoe store but we carry anything but dull footwear here. We are constantly adding to our stable of house brands, bringing in new collections from around the globe; the best in comfort and style.


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