Salvatore Capezio (1871–1940) was an Italian-born shoemaker who established Capezio, one of the world's largest manufacturers ofdance apparel and specialized dance shoes including ballet pointe shoes.
Salvatore Capezio was born April 13, 1871 in Muro Lucano, Italy. After training as a cobbler in Italy, he emigrated to the United States. In 1887 he opened a cobbler's shop at Broadway and 39th Street, diagonally across from the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. At first he specialized in repairing theatrical shoes for performers at the Met. According to company tradition, he made the transition from repairing shoes to making shoes after he made an emergency pair of shoes for Jean de Reszke. The quality of his work for de Reszke established his reputation among performers.