Vince comes form a long line of shoemakers.
The DeVito family has been in business for over 82 years. Vince’s grandfather emigrated from Italy in 1916. A shoemaker in the old country, he applied his trade in Trail, opening the original DeVito Shoe Repair store in 1926.
Vince’s father, Buddy, carried on the business in the original family location in Trail until 1986. Vince opened the Nelson location of DeVito Shoe Repair in 1980 making Vince the third generation of DeVitos in the shoe business. The original store stood at 347 Baker Street, relocating to 411 Hall Street in September 1995, where the store still exists today.
With Vince having three sons, the fourth generation may be following in the family footsteps as Mathew is now working in the shoe retail and repair departments.
The store has seen a steady evolution of services and products offered. Originally only offering shoe repair, Vince now offers a full line of shoe care products, full service shoe repair, and a broad line of retail footwear from women's casual shoes to work boots.