The company was founded by Aldo Bensadoun in Montreal, Quebec, in 1972, where its corporate headquarters based in the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent, Quebec remain today. The original group included stores in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg. Aldo Bensadoun known today as a global shoe giant built his empire starting in Montreal. After four generation, the Bensadoun family continues into the shoe industry. “Mr. Bensadoun never intended to follow in the footsteps of his father, a shoe retailer in Morocco and France, or his grandfather, a cobbler in Algeria”. Aldo Bensadoun learned Italian to better communicate with his suppliers in Italy, and eventually he cut out the middleman who serviced him between Canada and European manufacturers.
ALDO Shoes were founded in Canada in 1972 as a footwear concession within Le Chateau.
The first freestanding ALDO store was opened in Montreal.
1980s – 1990s
The brand expanded with stores operating under the name ALDO across Canada.
The first store outside of North America opened in Israel.
The brand expanded into Saudi Arabia.
The brand expanded into England.
The brand expanded into Singapore.
The brand expanded into international market.