I was really excited to hear that Poppy Barley was bringing a pop up shop to Red Deer. If you haven’t heard of Poppy Barley, they make ethically made, custom footwear, and are based out of Edmonton. I had seen co-founder, Kendall Barber speak at the iMedia conference in the spring about starting the company and growing it into what it is now and it was such a cool story. If you ever get the chance to see Kendall speak, jump at it!
Kendall and her sister Justine were really onto something when they saw the need for custom fit shoes, rather than the average sizes that are mass produced. I mean, it took me two years just to find a pair of boots that would fit over my wide calves and even more years of using heel inserts and paper towel stuffed into the toes of high heels so they wouldn’t slip off. No matter your size issues, you are able to get a handcrafted, custom fit, comfortable, trendy and downright beautiful pair of shoes shipped right to your door. Where have these ladies been all my life?!
The shoes and boots they had on display at Muse were beautiful. I instantly fell in love with the Fox Hunt boot and the Promenade boot and wish that I hadn’t just bought new boots last winter. They are going on my wish list for future years though. Along with a few different styles of heeled and flat boots, Poppy Barley carries two styles of ankles boots and flats as well. I basically want one in every style and colour. Along with their classic colours, they offer limited edition colours in very limited quantities. I love that each shoe has so many little details, from the design on the sole, to the logo imprinted in the heel, they are truly set apart from your typical brand of shoe.
For a small fee, you can order leather swatches that comes with a measuring tape to get your correct foot measurements sent right to your door to make your shoe purchase even easier from the comfort of your home.
I got my feet sized for a pair of flats and learned that there is a significant size difference between both of my feet. Like, so much so that Justine was completely shocked. At first glance my feet were almost a 6.5 on my right foot and nearly an 8 on my left, Justine had never seen such a size difference before. Ha, see folks, that’s why I have to stuff paper towel in the toes of my heels! I also have slightly wide feet and I’m sure if I would have been purchasing boots, my calves would have measured as super mega wide. With so many options in style and colour, I really had a hard time picking a shoe. I decided on the Classic Point in Python, something that would go well with almost everything in my wardrobe, but still adding a bit of fun with the python print. It’s a classic shoe that will last through the seasons and hopefully for many years. However, if the limited edition green hadn’t been sold out, I would have been all over that!
I’m so, so grateful for being invited to attend this pop-up and for having the chance to meet and chat with Kendall and Justine. It’s going to be a long 6-8 weeks waiting for my shoes to be made and shipped, but I just know that it’s going to be worth the wait.
Seriously, if you are in the market for a good pair of shoes, you NEED to check out Poppy Barley.