Connecticut's Oldest Shoe Store
Offering impeccable, personal service &
a wide selection for adults and children.
Arciuolo's Shoes is a family-owned and operated shoe store located in the heart of downtown Milford. Founded by Francesco Arciuolo in 1921, we specialize in providing quality, supportive footwear for the entire family and continue to serve our loyal customers in the same tradition as our great grandfather over 90 years ago. We carry an incredibly diverse variety of footwear for men, women, and especially children, and our quality shoes, boots, sandals, and sneakers are the perfect marriage between fashion and performance.
Aetrex • Brooks • Camper • Cobb Hill • Dansko • Diadora • Drew Shoes • Dunham • Earth Shoes • Ecco • Florsheim • Hush Puppies • Kamik • Keds • Keen • Mephisto • Merrell • New Balance • Nunn Bush • Oofos • Propet • Pikolinos • Rockport • Samuel Hubbard • SAS Shoes • Saucony • School Issue • Sperry • Topsider • Tsukihoshi • Stride Rite • Teva • UGG Australia • Vionic • Wolverine
Free Orthotic Evaluation
Do your feet, knees, or back hurt? Do you feel like your shoes aren't giving you enough support? We offer complimentary scans and evaluations with a Board Certified Pedorthist. We'll also make footwear recommendations based on your biomechanics!
The Best Quality Footwear
At Arciuolo's, we don't carry a single shoe that we wouldn't wear ourselves. We make it a point to provide our customers with the best quality footwear from the brands you love. That's why we guarantee each shoe we sell against defects and premature wear.
Play Area & Aquarium for Kids!
We never forget about our little customers! We offer a custom pirate playscape with a mural drawn by Milford's own Paige Miglio. We also have movies for your kids to enjoy (and free coffee and tea for you!)
Arciuolo’s is proud to be the oldest and most established shoe store in Connecticut. We offer intangibles that other stores cannot match: tradition, a century of experience, and quality care and attention to every customer, every time.
On January 22nd, 1918, Francesco Arciuolo and his wife Nancy welcomed the birth of their first son, Matthew Joseph Arciuolo, in Monte St. Angelo, Puglia, Italy. Francesco’s family tree was full of cobblers and shoemakers, going back centuries, and Francesco was no exception. In 1920, he moved his family from Italy to the small town of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in search of a better life. In 1921, Francesco founded Arciuolo’s Shoe Store in Milford on Naugatuck Avenue, specializing in both shoe sales and repair.
Sadly, in May of 1927, Francesco suffered a fatal heart attack at age 35, leaving his widow, Nancy, alone to raise five children and run the shoe store. Matthew worked hard to help support his mother and siblings, putting everyone else’s needs ahead of his own. At the age of 13, he quit school to focus solely on the family shop. Matthew focused on selling and repairing shoes while his mother managed the store. His sister, Madelyn, took care of the finances. Matthew kept the business running successfully through the Great Depression and into World War II until he was called upon to help defend his country.
Upon his return from service, Matthew wed his sweetheart, Pauline Serravalle, in 1946. They continued to run the shoe store, now known as one of the best in town for quality and service.
Matthew worked tirelessly to provide his community with shoes that they could be proud of and look forward to wearing every day. In addition to running a successful shop in town, Matthew also worked as a volunteer firefighter for the community. In November of 1958, Pauline gave birth to Matthew Jr., their first son and Matthew Sr.’s eventual successor.
At age 11, Matt began washing windows and sweeping floors for the family business and gradually took on more and more responsibility, all while learning the tricks of the trade from his father. He learned everything there was to know about the business, from proper shoe fitting techniques to the crafting of orthotics. After graduating from the University of Bridgeport, Matt took on a leadership role at Arciuolo’s and gradually developed a reputation that was as good as his father's. As the shoe store became increasingly popular, both Matt Sr. and Matt Jr. recognized the need to expand. In 1989, the store was moved to downtown Milford, to a building right in the middle of the city’s beautiful green.
Shortly after the move, Matt Jr. and his wife Felicia welcomed the birth of their first child, Matthew Joseph Arciuolo II. Although the business was well established as one of the state’s oldest and most popular shoe stores, Matt saw an opportunity to expand the business further. In 2000, he decided to deepen his knowledge and understanding of feet and foot health by becoming a Board Certified Pedorthist. A Pedorthist is a specialist that focuses on biomechanics, pain management, and performance enhancement. Shortly after attaining his certification, Matt founded Footstar Orthotics, a company specializing in custom orthotics for men, women, and children. Footstar Orthotics quickly grew to statewide and then national recognition as a provider of quality, custom orthotics designed to relieve pain and improve mobility and performance. Footstar was even chosen to sponsor the U.S. Olympic bobsled and skeleton teams, both of which earned medals wearing Footstar Orthotics.
In 2005, Arciuolo’s Shoe Store welcomed the professional addition of Matthew Arciuolo II, who shares his family’s passion for the business and what it means to the community. Matt is a Board Certified Pedorthist with a degree in Small Business Management. Like his father and his father's father, Matt believes in creating a memorable experience for each of his customers. Arciuolo’s is currently thriving and has become a Milford landmark, recognized statewide as Connecticut’s oldest and most celebrated shoe store.