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C Squared (Queen and Bathurst)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on September 2, 2011

C Squared TorontoC Squared has opened a new, second location just a couple blocks west of its existing location on Queen West. C Squared the original is just east of Spadina, and C Squared the new is just west of Bathurst. That's how close they are. It's like Starbucks--just with shoes.

I chat with some of the staff at the new location, and they tell me the proximity was a very deliberate choice. "The owners like the area," Richard says, "they just wanted to be a little further west."

C Squared Toronto"It's like a totally different population," he continues. "There's not the rush of people, the tourists. Here it's quieter; more locals."

C Squared TorontoThe stock here is pretty much what you'll find a few doors down, except the focus here is footwear--no clothes. "The owners wanted to stick with the main business," Stacey says from the cash. "But you might find some styles that are a little edgier, a little more unique."

C Squared TorontoThose styles here include men's and women's boots, shoes, and sandals from brands such as Tsubo, El Naturalista, Joie, and Camper--the latter of which for C Squared is well-known.

C Squared TorontoAs we explore the back Camper wall, examining some of the Twin line flats (the left and right shoes in a pair are similar, complementary, but not identical), Stacey tells me the owners tried their hand at franchising, which explains the brief cameo C Squared played on Yonge north of Eglinton. "They were different owners, and I don't know the details, but it didn't work out," she says.

C Squared TorontoIn any case, we immerse ourselves in the collection of shoes in the space that is barely one week old. On Stacey's recommendation, I try on a pair of grey Tsubo pumps with some wicked rubber traction under the sole and latex foam padding inside ($150). It's pretty safe to say they were some of the most comfortable heels I've ever tried on.

C Squared TorontoBut if I were going on looks alone I'd have to opt for the El Naturalista black booties ($280), or for men, the gorgeous Cydwoq handcrafted leather pointed-toe shoe with a vintage flair ($395). They're definitely one of a kind, and the only place you might find something similar is few blocks down, just east of Spadina.

C Squared TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

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Elaine / September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am
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Does their store at 2607 Yonge not exist anymore? If it still does, it would make this new addition the third location.

(I preferred the Yonge store to the Queen W location; no clothing, just a focus on more shoes - which this new store appears to be based on.)
im lost / September 2, 2011 at 10:24 am
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Your map shows it being on Queen E??
Richard / September 2, 2011 at 01:58 pm
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The right location for the 2nd store would be 693 Queen Street West :)
So its just 30 secs west of Bathurst.
I think they just forgot to put "West" to the google maps address.
Come check us out :D
InTheKnow / September 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm
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The old Queen West location is getting torn down soon and replaced with a brand new store. Goodbye Silver Snail too!
Betty / October 1, 2011 at 07:16 pm
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Oh yes I'm a regular customer and I went there recently to their store and the manager indeed told me that they are searching for a nearby location but they are not in a hurry...
MK / November 16, 2013 at 01:23 pm
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Purchased boots here last week and SPECIFICALLY asked about return policy as I was buying for someone else. Was told yes, that's fine. Took shoes back today and was told no. That was it. The guy said he was the Assistant Manager, but "just world here", so couldn't help me. And walked away. Last time I'll be here. Worst.

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