While sneakers and sandals will always have a place in our hearts, there’s nothing quite like a sky-high stiletto to make you feel absolutely powerful. Besides, what better way to say #bye to the polar vortex than to break out your summer-iest shoe? Whether you’re heading out to a chic wedding or to paint the town red, we’ve put together a list of the best places in the GTA to shop for a wallet-friendly pair of heels.
The Montreal-based chain retailer is a mainstay of every mall and shopping destination across the country, but for good reason. The retailer provides interpretations of the runway’s hottest trends at a fraction of the cost. Regardless of how low the price point drops, the quality never dips with Aldo shoes. The brand strives to use real leather wherever possible and to always create shoes that will survive even the roughest of nights out.
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Technically the little sister of Aldo, Call It Spring revolves around the same conceit as Aldo (fashion forward, wallet-friendly,) but their lines are geared towards younger (or younger at heart) clientele. Think lower price points, more playful designs, and heel heights perfect for those who don’t have years of practice walking in heels.
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It’s worth swinging by this Queen West outpost just to gawk and drool at the sky high offerings. They stock the most au courant brands – think Kendall + Kylie’s namesake line and Steve Madden’s delicate ankle strap sandals. Keep an eye out for their sale season for the real budget friendly deals – they often host buy-one-get-one-free sales at the end of every season.
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Young and Tae, situated on Queen West, is a footwear mecca. Stacks on stacks of heels, boots and flats sit on pedestals (literally), throughout the minimalistic shop. Like a pair of heels but wish they were a few inches higher? Do you have a shoe size that isn’t carried? The shop offers a mix and match program where you can custom design your shoe to suit your fancy. In 2-3 weeks you can have a custom pair of kicks, but still hitting the low price point of the rest of the shoes in the shop.
Last but not least….
Sample sales are a treasure trove for high-quality items at pricing fit for Honest’s Eds. Even though sale season falls only a few times a year, it’s well worth it to save your spending for a sweet deal. Sign up for the StyleDemocracy newsletter to find out more about how you can pick up great deals on in-demand brands.