Despite the forecast of inclement weather, neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night was going to dash the momentous celebration at Capri Shoes on the milestone of their 50th Anniversary in Fullerton. Friends and family; members of the community; and local government officials and their representatives all came out in full force to wish proprietor Oscar Navarro and his team 50 more years of unparalleled excellence in their craft. Guests indulged in a wine & beer bar and a sumptuous spread catered graciously by Jack Franklyn of Heroes Bar & Grill. The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce further highlighted the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There was not a dry eye in the house as Navarro narrated his humble roots as an immigrant with a big dream. At the young age of 20, he began working for David Dakos, the original owner of Capri Shoes when it was still off of Brookhurst and Orangethorpe. Navarro was a second generation cobbler who came to the US from Mexico. Although he had to overcome numerous cultural barriers, he was fascinated by the world of shoe making and through his vision and perseverance transformed Capri Shoes from a small shoe repair shop into an international business. Upon Dakos’ retirement from the company in 1992, he proudly passed on the legacy to Navarro as its new owner. After relocating to two other sites in Fullerton, in 2003 they settled into their current headquarters in the heart of downtown Fullerton.


Capri Shoes has witnessed an exponential growth with its original three employees having multiplied to more than 20 full time shoe experts; each contributing with their exceptional skills to handcraft one of kind quality products.  They provide highly functional, quality footwear, which meet the highest performance and design standards crafted to create the most comfortable fit.

“We want to offer the public something totally unique” states Oscar Navarro. “Designers come to us with drawings of a character, and we turn that cartoon into a reality”.

Capri Shoes produces handcrafted footwear products for some of the world’s largest theme parks, theaters, and top designers and performers in the entertainment industry. Their portfolio includes Walt Disney World Co., Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Universal Studios, and many local theatres such as Fullerton Civic Light Opera, McCoy Rigby, and Los Angeles Opera.

Not only do they mass produce for these corporate accounts, but they offer bespoke designs for the discriminate shopper. Looking to create a fashion forward style or re-create a look from the fashion magazines? Navarro and his expert team can work their magic for you!

Capri Shoes: World Recognition One Step at a Time!

Capri Shoes
140 W Commonwealth Ave
(714) 525-5128

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