November 20th, 2013
The sort of people who decide these things have decided that red is the colour of the season. Who am I to complain, I positively adore red.
Make Vreeland proud and cover your talons in Chanel Rouge Rubis ($27). Available at Holt Renfrew.
Hello fall flats, ($218) don't mind if I do. At J. Crew.
Fill a Parkhaus felt basket with the season's fashion tomes. Available at Pimlico.
Oh, if you twist my arm, okay then - Ela Handbags ($298).
October 29th, 2013
It takes a true Vancouverite to admit that rubber boots can often be our most worn shoes in fall, winter, and spring (and sometimes even summer).
This year we are going to embrace the wet weather by puddle splashing in style with a collection of Nokian boots designed by Julia Lundsten. This Finnish company (who also started a cell phone brand of a similar name…) is known to make the best rubber boots in the world. They partnered with the designer behind the brand Finsk and came up with a capsule collection of ankle, mid calf, and knee high rubber boots that scream fashion before function (but conveniently merge the two.)
Just because we live in a rainforest doesn’t mean we need to dress for the jungle. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Nokian by Julia Lundsten boots, starting at $150, www.nokianbyjulialundsten.com
October 29th, 2013
As Canadians ,we are programmed to modestly show off our Canadian pride - and Hudson’s Bay gives us a chic way to do it with their iconic stripes.
What started as a blanket (and cabin staple) has turned into sweaters, kids and baby clothes, housewares and more. The Bay has also teamed up with Pendleton to create a beautiful collection of coats, but we are especially loving the lo-top and hi-top sneakers created through an exclusive partnership with Converse and Jack Purcell.
Oh, Canada. —Sara Samson
October 8th, 2013
With the flats and flip-flops season over, the boot hunt begins
In search of a boot that fit ahtletic calves, we turned to Naturalizer to ease our zipper woes. This mall staple is home to the largest selection of wide-shaft boots, making fall footwear a cinch, without pinching our lower legs.
We fell in love with the Danielle’s ($180) 2.5-inch heel and ruched detailing, while the Freya ($220, pictured) is perfect for getting a grip on icy sidewalks. Finding a boot that fits is enough celebration, but knowing the leather construction will last us through winter is icing on the cake.
These boots were made for walkin’. —Laura Lushington
September 24th, 2013
Although we have a closet full of super stylish towering heels (and even more since discovering, The September), we often find ourselves grabbing from the pile of practical shoes next to our front door.
The everyday heroes should get as much of an investment as sparkly heels that get worn once a season. Vancouver’s Umeboshi has gone online with a beautifully curated selection of wearable shoes, flats and low heels that will get us to work – even on our bike – in style. We love the Chloe loafer by Grenson ($345) for busy days on our feet, and the Bernice boot by Coclico ($435, pictured) for a day of meetings followed by drinks.
They might not last as long as those sparkly stilettos because you’ll find yourself wearing them every day, but that's OK. It's money well spent and justification for buying a new pair next season. That’s reason enough for us. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 17th, 2013
Until recently, the only way to buy designer shoes for the same price as our American counterparts was to head for the border.
The girls behind shoe e-tailer The September decided to make things easier for us – and sell us shoes at the same price as our southerly neighbours. That’s right: no duty and no shipping. Shop classics like Valentino studded pumps ($1,075) and Marc by Marc Jacobs ballerina flats ($208), or statement pieces like these Aquazzura gold sandals ($745.)
If you’re like us, you’re thinking this is too good to be true. We checked up on them – and found that their shoes were priced pretty much the same as their American equivalents. The September is giving the big shopping sites a run for their money. Or maybe a slow walk, because these heels are high. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
August 7th, 2013
Fall, spring, winter, summer - it's always shoe season.
Club Monaco's new Italian shoe collection features the brand’s signature polished and on-trend aesthetic. Styles include almond-toe pumps, booties, smoking slippers and pointed-toe flats. Materials and details- think suede, snakeskin, studs and metallic cap toes- will complete fall's more refined, luxe looks.
Our pick for now and later are the au courant Casey Sandal ($298) with a leopard-print pony hair ankle strap perfect for transitioning seasons and the Autumn Bootie ($395) with lizard embossed leather.
It's a shoe-in. —Laura Cropper
From $198 at www.clubmonaco.ca
July 23rd, 2013
Blame it on our fondness for pink tulle or a slight obsession with Audrey Hepburn but we love ballet flats.
And when we saw this particular pair at Aldo, we stopped dead in our tracks.
Ultra-supple, super-comfy suede? Check.
Like-walking-on-clouds cushy interior? Oh yes.
A glitzy tiger head adornment that screams “expensive”? Absolutely.
And yet at $60 a pop, we’ll take a pair in every colour, please! —Christine Laroche
1021 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-499-9175, www.aldoshoes.com
June 25th, 2013
Sometimes off-the-rack is just… off.
Wanting a more personal experience, the women behind Edmonton-based Poppy Barley created custom-width boots and launched their made-to-measure service. To make the deal even sweeter, they have just unveiled their latest creation – made-to-measure flats. Starting at $168, you can design your own twist on the Feminine Slipper, the Modern Mary Jane or the Classic Point. Simply choose a design and use the online measuring tape to perfect your fit.
Owning a pair of shoes has never been more personal. —Kait Kucy
June 4th, 2013
A nude shoe might lengthen the gams, but beige can be so boring.
This season we're bringing out our brightest accessories; think lime patent flats and Schiaparelli pink clutch bags.
For a splash of luminous yellow, we're lusting after these vintage inspired sandals ($225) from Philips Sparks. Charming, aren't they?
They go with everything, especially painted toes. —Athena Tsavliris
Philip Sparks, 62 Ossington Ave., Toronto, 647-348-1827, www.philipsparks.com