May 22nd, 2013
We're lusting after a hot pink wedge sandal for spring. Wait, make that orange, no, seafoam blue.
At freshly launched shoe website, Joker's Closet we can have the shoes we want in the colour, material and style we want (from $295).
Pick from six seasonal styles (I like these little peep-toe lace-ups) and then customize from a range of colours and leathers.
It's as simple as that. No joke. —Athena Tsavliris
May 7th, 2013
Barre and adult ballet classes are popping up all over town, but nsure your tender tootsies have the right gear before pirouetting in.
The black microsuede Emma elasticized Ballerina (US$115) is the perfect go-to slipper to keep you steady in the studio and also looking chic in your dancer ensemble. The line is on good footing thanks to Blake Brody, a Pilates, barre and yoga aficionado who wanted to design a shoe that was not only practical and comfortable but also still allowed feet and ankles to have full range of motion.
While we’ll be snatching up a couple pairs of these as we prep for dance class, we're still debating the tutu. —Kait Kucy
May 7th, 2013
Inspired by Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture currently on at the Bata Shoe Museum, we've been on the hunt for our very own iconic kicks.
Anything from Golden Goose (from $500 – hefty but worth it) is destined for the collector's shelf. The shoes have that weathered look that you only get from years of dancing the night away, and this pair in particular has my name all over it.
If you need me, just follow the trail of glitter. —Athena Tsavliris
At Specchio, 240 Bay St., Toronto, 416-961-7989, www.specchioshoes.com
April 30th, 2013
While it is very easy to resort to neutrals, a balanced wardrobe requires a splash of colour and a bit of print.
Loeffler Randall’s spring 2013 collection has just the right amount of both, featuring bags and shoes in a mix of bold patterns and rainbow hues. We love the Dhalia platform ($495) in black and white for those wanting a monochrome graphic to spice up a black outfit, or the Rider bag in cobalt ($495) to contrast with our spring pastels.
And for the colour adventuress, the Mini Rider in floral print ($395, pictured) and neon red leather will add some drama to most outfits, which is a good thing. Playing it safe might be a good idea when it comes to finances, but not always when investing in fashion. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Loeffler Randall spring 2013 collection exclusively at Violet Boutique, 3012 Granville St., Vancouver, www.violetboutique.ca
April 2nd, 2013
At long last, the SS13 edition of Aldo Rise has hit stores.
This season, the Montreal shoe manufacturer has teamed up with London-based design duo Preen for a capsule collection perfectly on-trend pumps featuring bold patchwork, snakeskin and neon accents ($155).
We’ll definitely rise to this shopping occasion. —Christine Laroche
705 Ste-Catherine St. E., 514-842-3144, www.aldoshoes.com
January 7th, 2013
Your new suede biker boots were made for Via Condotti, not the sludgy, salty streets of Toronto.
Give them a chance this winter with Boot Rescue wipes ($6.50). Made locally and naturally (they contain vinegar) the wipes remove salt and grime, pronto.
It’s still a good idea to spray your boots, but for on-the-go touch ups, they’re fast becoming a can’t-get-through-winter-without. —Athena Tsavliris
Various retailers, www.bootrescue.ca
December 6th, 2012
We thought we were decisive when it comes to shopping – until we signed on to design our own shoes.
New to Canada, the YourReebok system lets you customize colours and patterns and even add text to your pick of 13 styles of fitness footwear. And with 19 colours to choose from for up to 23 areas of the shoe – eyelets, sockliners, even soles are up for customization – we'd be lying if we said we didn't spend hours playing with design and making our Facebook friends vote for their favourites.
We finally settled on this "charged green" and "dynamic pink" model, but honestly? This could turn into an addiction. —Kat Tancock
October 9th, 2012
Shopping for functional running shoes can be a depressing activity.
Not only are they expensive (that money could go towards some heels), they’re not used for fun activities (we’d rather be at a restaurant than the gym) and they come in a very limited range of styles (usually neon pink with grey or turquoise, yellow, and lime green.) We’ve often wondered why no one makes a discreet grey running shoe.
Well now, someone does. Strike Mvmnt is a local brand that has designed an ultra-light interval crosstrainer for running and weights that comes in various shades of blue or grey. We loved that it was a great shoe to workout in, but mostly, we loved that it matches our black athletic wear.
We may even wear them outside of the gym. Ok, maybe not, but at least that’s an option. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Strike Mvmnt interval crosstrainer, $125 at www.strike-mvmnt.com
October 2nd, 2012
Sensible shoes are for sissies. Wild cats choose footwear with attitude. From zebra-skin booties to leopard-print pumps, anything in animal print makes the cut this fall.
September 19th, 2012
While we love our Manolos, Choos, and Loubs, there is something nice about having a pair of shoes that isn’t frequently sported on the red carpet by questionable celebrities.
Rupert Sanderson is one of those footwear brands you’ve probably heard of, but you can’t put a shoe to the name. Think classic and interesting, modern yet elegant, unique but not loud. And they are quite exclusive, which is great, but not much so that we can’t get our hands on them; Libertine on South Granville is exclusively stocking some of his key shapes for fall.
So when someone compliments you on your shoes, tell them they are Ruperts, and enjoy their slightly confused, envious expressions. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Rupert Sanderson from $998 at Libertine, 2715 Granville St., Vancouver, 604 732 7311. www.libertineboutique.ca