8 homegrown shoe brands for walking the #wearCanada walk.
It’s easier than ever to support local talent with the growing list of Canadian shoe brands available right now. From Montreal to Vancouver, here are eight Canadian-based brands that deliver stylish kicks at every price point.
Frank And Oak
This Montreal-based label is known for its clean and minimalist designs, and its footwear is no exception. With options for both men and women, Frank And Oak specializes in classic silhouettes, such as sneakers, oxfords and block heels.
Founded by Iranian-born, Toronto-based designer Elle Ayoubzadeh, Zvelle is known for its quality craftsmanship and unique, anything-but-boring designs. Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has even been spotted wearing a pair.
When it comes to the top footwear trends, Montreal’s L’Intervalle has got them. The brand makes shoes that are meant to be seen, from coral corduroy booties to snakeskin pumps to holographic flats.
In 2012, sisters Justine and Kendall Barber founded Poppy Barley in Edmonton. In just a few years, the brand has become known for its expert fit (they carry women’s sizes 5 to 12, in three different widths), as well as its transparency when it comes to manufacturing processes.
WANT Les Essentiels
Founded in Montreal by twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, WANT has become a go-to source for luxurious leather accessories. The brand caters to both men and women, with shoes that feature sleek and sophisticated designs.
You can find an Aldo or Call It Spring (Aldo’s sister brand) in just about every mall across the country and even in several locations internationally. From its home base in Montreal, the popular shoe brand delivers runway-inspired footwear at a fraction of the price.
Canadians have trusted Sorel for functional footwear since 1962. More than just winter boots, Sorel has a wide range of styles — most of which are waterproof — for men, women and kids.
Hailing from Vancouver, Native Shoes has been creating fun, lightweight shoes for the whole family since 2009. From day one, the company has prided itself on being a PETA-approved vegan brand.