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 that you need in your closet!
Operating under The Aldo Group is Call It Spring. A mall fave, this retailer is known for affordable yet still chic options that are always trendy. Not only are there super cute sneakers in-store but the brand also stocks exquisite special occasion footwear styles, too. No matter where you’re off to, you can bet on Call It Spring to have your back in the shoe department!
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.
This 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 Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, who has been seen sporting the label at many public appearances.
If you’re needing a pair of boots but still want to look cute, Cougar has you covered. The brand has been making boots for over 65 years so you know it’s the real deal. With fashionable options for the rain, snow, or everyday, Cougar has it all. Plus, its also has expanded into sandals and sneakers, too!
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 celebrate diverse cultures.
This Vancouver designer has been turning out funky boots and cone heels since the ’70s. John Fluevog’s theatrical designs are so iconic and have been worn by celebrities like Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, Scarlett Johansson, and even Beyonce!
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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Montreal-based L’Intervalle has become a fast favourite among Canada’s most stylish. The brand’s offerings are not only super chic and trendy but they’re also reasonably priced too ranging from $138-$299. However, sales are always happening and you can score shoes from just $29!
Founded by recent CAFA-winner Aldo Bensadoun and under the leadership of CEO David Bensadoun, 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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