Poppy Barley Pops Up in Gastown

Looking for basic quality leather footwear that prioritizes comfort and minimalist styling by a Canadian company with sustainable practices? Poppy Barley is your answer.

Launched in 2012, the chic shoes and accessories are designed in Canada and handcrafted in factories in Mexico with responsible working conditions and living wages. Each item is produced with a set of sustainable goals in mind, including cleaning the water post-tanning and ensuring 100% of the packaging uses recycled material.

More Than Just the Standard

Poppy Barley is the first North American company to offer custom-made fashion boots online. The women’s line also offers standard sizing, while the men’s line is strictly made-to-order. Customer service is accessible via live chatting, phone, and email.

Get Your Feet Involved

For a more hands-on shopping experience, Poppy Barley has opened a shop-within-shop inside Nicole Bridger in Gastown for the summer. Everything offered online can be found in the shop – standard sizes can be shipped from the Edmonton showroom, or else your feet can be measured for a custom-made pair.

Not Just A Pretty Shoe

I tried on a pair of the Two Point Five ankle boots. Not only are they gorgeous with clean lines, the solid craftsmanship is apparent. And then there’s the fit – my feet felt like they were walking on pillowy cushions due to the padded insoles. These are an investment staple with both looks and comfort, plus sound practices behind-the-scenes. All checkmarks in my books.

Pop In

Check out Poppy Barley at their pop-up shop at 14 Water Street in Gastown for the months of July and August, as well as online.


Aurora Chan

Writer & Photographer

Aurora Chan is a photographer, writer, actress, and model. She’s always loved fashion and the art of photography. By age 10, she was stealing her mother’s Vogue magazines and taking pictures with her first camera.

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