Imperial Boots was first opened 46 years ago by an immigrant boot-maker from Crete, who remained the sole owner throughout the shop’s storied history. It closed upon his retirement in the fall of 2016. The shop’s owner prided himself on creating custom, intricately crafted boots for a loyal customer base from the 1970s onwards. Imperial Boots was one of the first Greek custom boot shops in Montreal, of which there were many more in the 1970s and 1980s, and the last to remain in the neighbourhood. An intriguing and quirky local landmark, the Imperial Boots sign houses a real white leather boot suspended inside the sign, surrounded by a rectangle of small marquee lights.