With the holidays being right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you hope to find under that gorgeous tree of yours! And well, if you're in the market for a new pair of shoes or boots, you'll want to be sure to check out Poppy Barley and to add a pair of their fabulous, custom footwear to that list of yours! An investment, I assure you, that you will not regret!
This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to check out the Poppy Barley line in person. Poppy Barley is a phenomenal, custom fit (yes, custom fit, no more squeezing your calves into boots, yay!) Canadian shoe company that was founded by sisters, Justine & Kendall.
J & K decided to launch their fabulous company after discovering a void in the Canadian shoe market for custom fit footwear. The story of how their company came to be is amazing and inspiring! You have to take a peek at the virtual Poppy Barley timeline. Hint: Justine's vacation to Bali played a key role in the birth of the company.
I first spotted their footwear in a photo posted by Holly, from In the Fun Lane. G-or-ge-ous. It was one of those moments when you immediately click over to find out more about these shoes that have stolen your heart.
That's when I learned that the company was founded by these two talented Canadians (from Edmonton!) and that they not only design and make gorgeous flats, but their boots (heeled, flat and ankle) are just as swoon worthy. But the best part has to be that their footwear is made to order, designed to fit you perfectly (they now offer ready to wear as well). Awww yeah! No more struggling to zip your boots up or gaping spaces around your calves!
Fast forward to this past weekend, the Poppy Barley team is in Toronto for a pop-up shop and quite simply put, this is an opportunity that I wouldn't miss!
As expected, their line is just as stunning in person as it is online. Not one detail has been overlooked, from the impeccable stitching, to the beautiful soles to the bright coloured lining (blue!) to the perfectly placed and designed logo (their branding is topnotch). The gold trim on the flats, the gorgeous lines on the slipper flats and the sweet & delicate strap on the Mary Janes. I.could.go.on.and.on.
While in Toronto, the team celebrated their 2nd birthday, what an amazing two years! They will continue the celebration when they launch their men's line next month! Bonus, ladies...if you love authentic mens shoes, you're in luck! The Poppy Barley men's shoes will also be available in womens sizes! Yes!
Custom fit? Yes. But how does it work? Good question! After you select the pair that's right for you, the team will then measure you for your custom pair. Now, if you aren't available to visit them in Edmonton or at one of their pop-up shops, no worries. You can easily follow the instructions (including videos) on their site to find out how to measure yourself at home and order online (fact: Poppy Barley is the first e-commerce company in North America to offer custom fashion footwear).
Once your order has been placed, it takes six to eight weeks to handcraft and deliver any pair of tall boots (four to six weeks for flats and ankle boots). That's all there is to it!
I'm truly excited for the Poppy Barley team, especially after learning about how they found their factory, how they make their products and for the simple fact that their dream is becoming a reality, in a big way! This is always something that makes my smile.
I need to know, which pair has caught your eye?
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