The story behind our name

After the passing of Walter Afanasiev, Master Shoemaker and sole proprietor of Afana Ltd., the family spent three years trying to keep the shop going, but was forced to close their doors due to the lack of Master Shoemakers. This old-world art form had met its demise, or that is what was thought to be.

The Winnipeg Free Press was contacted in vein with a last attempt to secure a Master Shoemaker. They published an article on the rich history and story of the shoe shop, but to no avail.

Then as fate would have it, five months after the newspaper article, and the shoe shops last day of business, Pouliot Laboratories in Quebec contacted the family. Pouliot Laboratories…another family business had seen the article and informed us of their rich history of manufacturing Custom Made Orthopedic Footwear.

After the initial exhilaration and relief of both families, the two companies merged under Afana Pouliot, continuing this superior craftsmanship and tradition into the next generation for another 60 years to come.

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We have been servicing clients for the last 60 years and we can assure you that our main goal is to satisfy your needs and that of your clients.


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"After our first visit to your office and meeting Karen,Helene and Elizabeth my husband and I considered ourselves fortunate to having been referred there. Everyone involved has been extremely helpful and considerate in getting me the right product. A special thanks to Elizabeth for all the time and effort she put in to create this custom product..."
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