Designer fashion may seem rare in the Great White North, but Canada is home to a wide variety of quality brands, especially when it comes to footwear.
As the Canadian shoe market continues to grow, it’s important to support our local talent through its brands and retailers, so go ahead and stock your shoe collection with these local products!
Here are some of our favorite Canadian shoe brands that you need to add to your wardrobe!
call it spring
Operating under the Aldo Group is Call It Spring. A mall favorite, this retailer is known for its affordable yet still chic options that are always in style. Not only are there super cute sneakers in store, but the brand also offers exquisite shoe styles for special occasions. No matter where you go, you can bet on Call It Spring to have your back in the shoe department!
Poppy Barley is the first company in North America to offer custom fashion boots online at an affordable price. It’s one of our favorite Canadian shoe brands because it’s committed to ethical manufacturing, empowering women, and fighting fast fashion, so you can feel good about splurge on another pair of shoes. Offering sizes 5 to 12 in varying foot and calf widths, you can really live in these shoes.
This brand brings global influence to the Canadian footwear market, with designer Elle Ayoubzadeh having lived in Iran, Dubai, New Zealand and Australia before moving to Toronto in 2007. Zvelle is also a favorite of Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau , who has been seen sporting the label in numerous public appearances.
If you need a pair of boots but still want to look cute, Cougar has you covered. The brand has been making boots for over 65 years, so you know it’s the real deal. With fashionable options for rain, snow or everyday, Cougar has it all. In addition, the brand also offers sandals and sneakers!
Founded by Toronto designer Aurora James, Brother Vellies has become a big name in footwear and accessories. Handcrafted in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco, Brother Vellies creates shoes and sandals in styles that celebrate diverse cultures.
This Vancouver designer has been creating funky boots and tapered heels since the 70s. John Fluevog’s theatrical designs are so iconic and have been worn by celebrities like Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, Scarlett Johansson and even Beyoncemaking it one of Canada’s favorite celebrity footwear brands.
Want the Essentials
Montreal twins Byron and Dexter Peart founded Want Les Essentiels over a decade ago as a luxury leather brand. Today, the brand has moved into minimalist leather goods and travel accessories, garnering a cult following with its coveted trainers, derbies and sandals.
Montreal-based L’Intervalle has quickly become a favorite among Canada’s most stylish. Not only are the brand’s offerings super chic and trendy, but they’re also reasonably priced, ranging from $138 to $299 for styles designed in Montreal and handmade in Europe. However, the sales are still ongoing and you can score shoes starting at just $29!
Founded by recent CAFA winner Aldo Bensadoun and under the leadership of CEO David Bensadoun, Canadian fashion footwear giant ALDO continues to expand its wholesale business. The brand is the original retailer of fashionable, fashionable footwear that rivals any luxury design house.
Matt & Nat
Well-known Canadian boutique Matt & Nat is focused on creating a brand that appreciates and respects the world around us. The company does not use leather or materials of animal origin for its shoes or its clothing and accessories. You can seriously feel good supporting this North American brand. Moreover, its price is very reasonable.
Franc and Oak
Frank And Oak values the longevity of its products. Not only are the shoes worn in her in-house line classic and chic, they’re made to last. If you are looking for men’s or women’s shoes that you can fit perfectly into your wardrobe, then this is the brand for you.
Selling shoes for men, women, and children, Native is a great Vancouver-based brand to shop for sandals, boots, sneakers, and more. Native shoes are lightweight and available in a ton of bright and neutral colors so you can express yourself the way you want.
Looking to spruce up your shoe game? Montreal-based Maguire Boutique gives us all the cool girl vibes. Cheetah print sneakers, marbled brown heels, purple suede and more, we just can’t get enough of these styles. Each style is designed in-house and manufactured in factories around the world to ensure excellent quality and the best working standards for employees.
Simons is another Montreal retailer to check out. Although it’s known as a department store carrying some of the biggest brands in the world, you’ll also find a great selection of shoes designed by Simons’ in-house team. Shop Simons shoes for on-trend styles at low prices and below designer prices for men and women.
If comfortable is the name of your game, then Vessi is for you. Choose between Weekend Sneakers, Cityscape Sneaker, Everyday Sneaker and Everyday Slip-on. You’ll find everyday styles for men and women. With molded, 100% waterproof insoles and a breathable knit, you really can’t ask for much more from your trainers.
Browns mission has been to search the world for the best brands and provide the most unique, head-turning styles for you and your whole family – at the best value – since 1940. It even produces its own brand internally to provide even greater variety.
Casca develops sneakers made to last and stand the test of time. The brand believes that shoes should make you feel good and let you do anything, which is why Casca was founded to do just that.
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