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Aquila, the brand – A brief history of Aquila Shoes

Aquila is a family business founded in 1958, after humble beginnings in a small shoe factory in Melbourne, Australia. In Aquila’s early days the company only produced children’s shoes, but soon identified a shortage in the supply of quality men’s footwear which ultimately changed the company’s destiny.

Response to the Aquila product was phenomenal and Aquila needed to expand operations. In 1965, Aquila opened a brand new factory in Brunswick Street, in the culturally diverse inner Melbourne suburb of North Fitzroy. In 1966, the next generation of the family joined the company and Aquila was soon producing in excess of 100,000 pairs of shoes per year. Still only manufacturing and wholesaling its products, the company took the bold step of opening its own retail operations – in 1975 the first exclusive Aquila store opened in Melbourne’s CBD. The store proved successful and soon after, Sydney became home to Aquila’s second store.

Building a reputation for quality shoes with Italian styling and traditional construction techniques, the Aquila name became synonymous for well-crafted footwear. Over the next few decades expansion into retail across Australia continued steadily as fashion-conscious men caught onto the stylish shoes Aquila create.

In 2010 Aquila answered a growing need and launched its online store, initially shipping shoes and accessories to Australia and New Zealand, with countries in Asia, Europe and the US added as demand grew.

Seeing a desire for men to be able to create a complete coherent outfit without having to visit many stores, Aquila added mens clothing to its online product range in 2012, taking fashion cues from European style trends to create looks that complement the footwear range – again focusing on quality craftsmanship and detailing to create timeless pieces that will last from season to season. The clothing range is now also available from a number of retail stores and online.

Today, a third generation of family members are hard at work continuing this legacy. Aquila now operates retail stores nation-wide and is as proud of its rich heritage as its position as the leader in men’s fashion footwear in Australia.