7 Canadian Shoe Brands You Need In Your Closet
Designer fashion might seem sparse in the Great White North, but Canada is home to a wide variety of quality brands, especially when it comes to shoes.
As Canada’s shoe market continues to grow, it’s important to support our homegrown talent through its brands and retailers, so go ahead and stock your shoe collection with these local goods! Here are some of our favourite Canadian shoe brands you need in your closet.
Poppy Barley is the first company in North America to offer custom fashion boots online at an affordable price. It’s also a brand that’s committed to ethical manufacturing, female empowerment and the fight against fast fashion, so you can feel good about splurging on another pair of shoes. Offering sizes 5-12 in various foot and calf widths, you can really live in these shoes—and I love them!
This direct-to-consumer brand brings a global influence to the Canadian shoe market with designer Elle Ayoubzadeh having lived in Iran, Dubai, New Zealand and Australia before moving to Toronto in 2007. Zvelle is also a go-to favourite of the prime minister’s wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, who has been seen sporting the label at many public appearances.
Founded by Toronto-born designer Aurora James, Brother Vellies has become a big name in the shoe and accessories game. Handmade in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco, Brother Vellies creates shoes and sandals in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts.
This Vancouver designer has been turning out funky boots and cone heels since the 70s. John Fluevog’s theatrical designs have been worn by celebrities like Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, Scarlett Johansson and even Beyonce. You’ll find these eccentric and unconventional shoes in 19 different stores around the world.
Montreal twins Byron and Dexter Peart founded Want Les Essentiels more than a decade ago as a luxury leather label. Today, the brand has grown to minimalist leather goods and travel accessories, garnering itself a cult-like following with its coveted sneakers, derbys, and sandals.
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Born in Ottawa but based in Paris, shoe designer Tanya Heath was a professor of innovation before combining her love of technology and designer shoes to create a footwear system that’s the world’s first adjustable height shoe with removable heels. You’ll find her designs at locations in Toronto, Paris and Los Angeles.
Founded by recent CAFA-winner Aldo Bensadoun and under the leadership of CEO Patrick Frisk, Canadian fashion shoe giant Aldo continues to expand its wholesale business. The brand is the original retailer for cool and trendy seasonally appropriate shoes that rival any luxury design house.
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