Join Me at the Poppy Barley Pop Up Shop in Ottawa!
I was 16 when I came to the full realization that shoes are the ultimate determining factor in the success of an outfit.
I was in Kingston, visiting a friend while my dad went to his Royal Military College Reunion, but at the last minute, I decided to accompany my dad to his reunion. Although I had packed a great pair of black slacks and simple v-neck tee, what I had brought in the footwear department was seriously lacking. All I had were a pair of Superstars. (Not that I don’t LOVE the Adidas stand-by, it just wasn’t appropriate for ex-military celebrations)
All I needed to elevate my look for evening was a fabulous pair of shoes. It would be easy! But after spending the afternoon scouring the (somewhat limited) streets of Kingston, I conceded defeat. I attended the event in a classic ensemble topped off by – you guessed it – my sneakers. To this day I have never felt so underdressed, and, despite my minimalist tendencies, always pack numerous amounts of footwear for every occasion.
Since learning this style-altering lesson, I’ve become overly discerning about footwear. So when Poppy Barley got in touch to promote their Pop Up Shop at Vincent next week, I jumped on board immediately.
Because Poppy Barley is Canadian, and run by two kick-ass entrepreneur sisters who create beautifully crafted shoes that are timeless, stylish, and comfortable while respecting the environment and the people who make them. This is right up my slow fashion alley.
Each pair of Poppy Barley shoes are made in Mexico, in factories that have been carefully chosen for their ethical labour and environmental practices. These shoes are not mass produced, yet the price point is accessible, especially if you consider how long you’ll have them for – cost per wear makes a lot of sense with a pair of Poppy Barley shoes.
For those of you who require a more customized offering, Poppy Barley is the first online retailer to offer customizable luxury footwear. No two calves are the same – here you can choose your foot or calf width for a perfect, comfortable fitting boot. And a little extra bonus? They also have a men’s line!
I had the chance to get my feet into a pair of Poppy Barley booties and was amazed at the quality, but most importantly the comfort of these shoes. The cushioning at the sole feels like a pair of new sneakers and the leather is buttery soft – just like my worn-in Spanish loafers. I also noticed a hallmark of a quality boot – a goodyear welt (the stitching that attaches the sole to the shoe) means I can get them resoled and wear them for years to come. In one of my favourite fall neutrals – a rich caramel colour – these classic ankle boots promised me versatility and delivered. I met up with the gals at Vincent to style my new Poppy Barley booties with their exquisite fall collection and am happy to report that yes, the classic lines of this boot work with both a flirty little dress or gamine-inspired ensemble, as we styled them here.
Want to get your feet into a pair? (Trust me, you do!) Then join myself and the lovely ladies at Vincent from 11AM – 7PM on Tuesday, September 26th for some Pop Up Shop fun! You can book an appointment at any time here (there are only a few spots left!) or just come on down! I’ll be at the shop from 5-7PM to help you pick out the perfect pair, and help you put together some fall looks with Vincent’s gorgeous collection.
Can’t wait to see you there and if I miss you, I’d love to hear how much you’re loving your new Poppy Barley shoes!
A huge thanks for Poppy Barley for including me in your first foray into Ottawa – I feel so honoured for the opportunity to work with a leading sustainable fashion brand. And a big thank you to Amanda and Ang at Vincent – these girls know how to pick clothes and take photos! Thanks for letting me join in the fun!
As always, thanks for reading, xx
booties: c/o Poppy Barley / both looks: all found at Vincent