Bergeron Shoes
Your feet will thank you!!
911 Main St
Sanford, ME 04073
1-800-327-3674

Welcome to Bergeron Shoes


We cater to people with problem feet caused by arthritis, diabetes and other difficulties. Marie Bergeron and Matthew Bertrand are pedorthists trained in the anatomy and disease of the foot and ankle.

We help customers with doctor-prescribed, custom-made shoes, extra-depth shoes and custom orthotics. We provide follow-up care whenever needed.

About us
We cater to people with problem feet caused by arthritis, diabetes and other difficulties. Marie Bergeron is a pedorthist trained in the anatomy and disease of the foot and ankle.

We help customers with doctor-prescribed, custom-made shoes, extra-depth shoes and custom orthotics. We provide follow-up care whenever needed.

In addition, we carry a full line of safety footware and rugged workshoes.
 

In addition, we carry a full line of safety footware and rugged workshoes.

History
The Bergeron's story begins in 1914, when Evariste Bergeron moved to Sanford and found work in the town's mills. To supplement his income during the Great Depression, Evariste borrowed $45 in 1932 and opened a shoe repair shop at 41 Lebanon St.


Shoes piled high
People couldn't afford to buy new shoes, so they flocked to the shoe shop for repairs to their old shoes. Evariste juggled work at the mill with his own shoe business. After a year or two, he moved the business to a building next to the family home at 21 Cottage St. When America entered World War II, leather that would have been used for new shoes was made into boots for Army soldiers. People again turned to Bergeron's for repairs. Shoes piled up from floor to ceiling waiting to be repaired. In 1942, Evariste quit his job at the mill and turned his full attention to Bergeron's.

Maurice, Evariste's second oldest son, joined the firm in 1941 to help during the war. He stayed with the business for 33 years.

Hush Puppies and Beatle Boots
In 1954, Maurice took over from his father and three years later moved the business uptown, to 191 Main St. He bought 18 pairs of shoes and offered them for sale. Customers quickly bought them, marking the beginning of a new era at Bergeron's.

Keeping pace with the times, Bergeron's offered gym sneakers and school shoes, work boots and Hush Puppies. In the 1960s, teens bought out the store's stock of Beatle boots. Known for quality shoes and low prices, the store flourished. In 1967, Maurice moved to the current location on Main Street on the Square.

Old Shoe Man
The business continued to grow, and Maurice turned to his younger brother, Dick, for help. Leaving a promising job in Massachusetts, Dick joined his brother at the store in 1971. Today Dick refers to himself as an OSM (old shoe man) and admits that the shoe business is in his blood.


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