C Squared Toronto

C Squared (Queen and Bathurst)

C 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 Toronto

The 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 Toronto

Those 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 Toronto

As 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 Toronto

In 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 Toronto

But 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 Toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns


C Squared (Queen and Bathurst)

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