Vancouver-based Native Shoes opens up its first ever retail store in Gastown. The space is the former Nicole Bridger space, and before that complexgeometries, seemingly a string of short-lived retail stores. We don’t think this would be the case for Native.
Some of the most interesting features about the store itself is the live moss wall. And according to the Georgia Straight, the in-store seating is actually made from recycled shoes foraged from an 80km radius of the store. Moreover, if you want to get a pair of kids kicks, you can grab them from the candy dispenser inspired case (a la Karmeller candy store in Yaletown).
The store houses its men’s, women’s, and children’s lines. I was surprised to see that the brand has branched out far beyond its flagship EVA slip-on shoe, into water-resistant Treklite boots, Monaco Velcro for kids, Adidas-esque knit runners, and more.
“We’re extremely proud to open our first retail location in our hometown Vancouver,” says Kyle Housman, President at Native Shoes. “This new space will be a creative hub where design, fashion and community intersect.”
Native Shoes is located at 14 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver.
Photos by Ben Owens Photography unless otherwise stated.