Poppy Barley

About Us

We make great shoes, better.

About Us

We make great shoes, better.

LUXURY for the PEOPLE

Poppy Barley is a Canadian luxury brand that’s rethinking every step of the fashion industry—from design to factory relationships to retail experience.

Partnering with family-owned factories in Mexico and Brazil, we ethically craft polished, foundational footwear and chic, functional accessories—selling them at fair prices and donating 1% of sales back into our communities.

Let’s raise the bar together.



“It wasn’t easy to compete with big chains, but we created Poppy Barley because we couldn’t find anything like it. We wanted to manufacture boots, shoes and accessories for people like us—for people like you.”

–Kendall & Justine Barber, Co-founders of Poppy Barley

Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted

Made by Real People,
for Real People

There’s something about people who wear Poppy Barley.

You’re honest. You’re willing to take a risk. You’re just as suspicious of cheap and generic as you are of elite and arrogant. Your choices echo out into the world and change things, even in small ways.

You wear Poppy Barley because you care what’s behind the label.

Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted


In medieval England, poppy seeds and barley corns were the original units of measurement in shoemaking.

Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted
Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted

A Force in Canadian Fashion

No one is doing this. We are basically running a one (wo)man race.

After a light bulb moment at a handcrafted boot shop in Bali, sisters Justine and Kendall Barber launched Poppy Barley in 2012. They travelled to León, Mexico in search of a leather shoe factory that prioritized its people and could offer flexibility in sizing and inventory through small-batch manufacturing.

Although they were newcomers to shoemaking, Justine and Kendall were raised to be creative, ambitious, industrious and ask a lot of questions. Collaborating with factory owners and artisans, Poppy Barley started producing beautiful footwear and accessories designed for modern life.



Poppy Barley is the only company in North America to offer handcrafted calf-fitted boots online.

Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted

The Luxury Gap

Artisanal talent meets modern access.

Equally turned off by cheaply made, uncomfortable, disposable shoes, and logo laden, preposterously priced brand name footwear, we saw a gap in the market.

We call it the luxury gap.

Skipping traditional wholesale markups, we saw an opportunity to manufacture exceptional products at exceptional price points to people with big expectations of themselves and the products they buy.

A size inclusive brand, we offer Women’s footwear in sizes 5 to 12 and Men’s in sizes 5 to 15. We also provide an exclusive made-to-order service that delivers luxurious, calf-fitted tall boots, as well as extended width footwear from narrow to wide.

Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted


Poppy Barley is a B Corporation, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted
Poppy Barley - Leather footwear designed in Canada, ethically crafted

Business for Good

Our impact matters.

Poppy Barley invests in the most talented people and the finest materials—not markups. We’re not willing to compromise comfort or design or function or social responsibility.

We want our choices to be meaningful—not disposable. We want to know about the people who make and wear our products and we want them to thrive.



Go forth and conquer.

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