About Us

Established in 1989, Pensieri Shoes offers a wide range of footwear for men and women. 

Giuseppe (Joseph ) Saraceni Jr. comes from a footwear background.  Joseph's grandfather Giuseppe Saraceni Sr., actually made shoes for the village of FOSSACESIA, Italy.  In 1922, this entrepreneur employed a handfull of villagers and fabricated footwear for the town and surrounding towns.  Later Giuseppe's son Giovinello (Nello) Saraceni transitioned from fabricating footwear to retailing which anchored SARACENI CALZATURA as a retail destination in coastal Abbruzzi, Italy. 

This family footwear history continues at Pensieri Shoes right here in Peterborough, Ontario.Both Joseph  (son of Giovinello in Italy) and his wife Silvia Ferreri (a Peterborough native with family ties of her own to Italy and specifically to Fossacesia, Italy) decided to venture into a retail business that offers good quality footwear for men and women.

Their selection is ample, and their excitement for selling quality footwear continues.  They pride themselves on individual fitting and a non-pressure approach to selling footwear. Often heard in the store is the phrase: "....if it doesn't fit quite right here today, it won't fit 'righter' tomorrow"....stressing to each and every customer that the shoe or boot has to feel like home!

After over 22 years in Peterborough, Pensieri Shoes boasts reputable shoe brands such as: Ecco, Clarks, Blundstones, Birkenstocks, Naot, Finn Comfort, Sperry, Blondo, El Naturalista,  Ros Hommerson ...and the list goes on! 

Silvia continues to seek  'on-the-edge' fashion to offer her  faithul customers.  Francemode from France, Roberto Capucci from Italy, El Naturalista from Spain, and introducing D Kode from Portugal are a few Fall/Winter 2011/12 additions. 
Colourblocking, retro styling, elongated pointy toes are a few amazing looks in the store right now!

Joseph eyes goodlooking, and handsome textures for men in lace-ups or slip ons.  While depending on the comfort fit and durability of brands such as Clarks and Ecco, that Euro-edge for men's footwear is evident in these same lines as well as brands like Mjus from Italy and Timberland.


While offering good advice for footwear care, Pensieri Shoes is strictly a retail business, not a repair outlet


To add to our  footwear collection, Pensieri also sells HUE hosiery, leggings, jeggings, a splash of clothing for women, terrific leather and synthetic bags and purses, umbrellas and socks for men.

Haven't been in?

It is time to venture downtown to get a sense of what a healthy selection Pensieri Shoes has.  If you have been in, you have already experienced the store, the knowledgeable staff , and the abundant selection.