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In His Shoes: Ryan Jespersen

6-minute read

Who's walking around in Poppy Barley shoes? Here, we spend 5 minutes with our customers to find out who they are and what they do.


Ryan Jespersen


Radio host, The Ryan Jespersen Show (630 Ched)


Edmonton, Alberta

I own

The Jasper Derby in tan calf/tan deer

What does your typical work day look like?

It's tough to describe a typical work day, because no day is ever really typical! As host of The Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED, I have to maintain a reasonably-informed awareness of a number of different issues at any given time. Work days are tough to describe in that "work" is a combination of on-air time (weekdays, 9 AM-noon), future preparation and production efforts, community events, volunteer involvement, and networking. My formal work schedule adds an exciting element when the puck drops on the Edmonton Oilers' season, when I kick up my Poppy Barleys as in-game host (and no, I can not send free pizza to your section)!

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Oh man. Depends on the time of year, I guess! My wife (Kari Skelton) and I love the city (and neighbourhood) we're proud to call home, so if we weren't on the road, there'd be at least one brunch out at one of our favourite spots... after a generous sleep-in, of course. We're expecting our first baby the first week of August, so we're sleeping while we can. We're big fans of Edmonton's festivals (especially Folk Fest, the Fringe, and Ice on Whyte) and farmers' markets (124 Grand, City Market Downtown, and Old Strathcona). Our three year old Boxer Moses keeps us moving as well. You'll often spot him making new friends along the North Saskatchewan River bank. If we're getting away for the weekend, it's likely to visit family in Vancouver, Calgary, or Saskatchewan, or to set up shop at our favourite place, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Interests include snowboarding, golf, camping, hiking, fishing, off-roading, and SCUBA diving, so lazy, lay-around weekends are rare!

What has the experience of hosting your own radio show been like so far?

I'm really excited about the way the first four months have played out. After hosting Breakfast Television for six years, I was eager for a new challenge. The opportunity to join the team at CHED presented itself, and I decided to take the leap. There's certainly a lot of responsibility that comes with hosting that style of show in that time slot on that station (and some big shoes to fill), but I honestly couldn't picture myself doing anything else right now. It's an educated, engaged audience with high standards, and listeners aren't hesitant to provide feedback. That's the best part—the conversational foundation upon which the concept of the show is built. Television has its own challenges, advantages, and creative avenues, but there's nothing like three open hours of talk time on the radio. It's can be such a fast-moving yet curious and exploratory format, it feels a little bit like riding a river raft. Sometimes it's slower waters with more time to smell the flowers, and sometimes you tighten up your life vest and get ready for the ride!


What have you liked most about working in radio so far? What has been the biggest challenge?

Am I allowed to say the commute? For years, I enjoyed a four-minute trip to work with zero traffic (at 4 AM). It's about a half-hour drive to our south side studio now (I know, boo hoo) and the Groat Bridge debacle is absolutely killing me. Oh, and don't even get me started on the trains.

What's the biggest difference working in radio compared to working on TV?

Both mediums have their advantages and disadvantages. Good TV requires pre-production elements, live elements, and adherence to a tight schedule spotted with shorter segments. Good radio relies less on things like video support and directing/switching/camera work and more on a well-thought out (most of the time, anyway) concept with a few back-up plans in case compelling conversation doesn't materialize. Both mediums require an ability to gauge your audience. Both require you to react and make content-related judgement calls on the fly. With talk radio specifically, the biggest difference is the amount of time my audience and I have to explore any given topic. Where I would have had four minutes to interview the Premier or Chris Hadfield or Bobby Orr on TV, I can have 30 or 60 or 90 minutes to sit with a guest in our radio studio. It requires a ton more research, but the pay-off is huge.


In one sentence, describe your experience wearing Poppy Barley shoes.

It's the sleeping-in-silk-sheets of dress shoes.

You're going to be a father soon. What are you looking forward to most about fatherhood?

Just a nice, light final question, hey? I told a friend the other day, I was never a dog guy. Never had one, always liked them but never wanted the responsibility. Now, we couldn't imagine our life without Moses in it. If that's the effect a dog has on me (no offense, Moses), I can only imagine how a little human is going to rock my world. Can't wait to meet him or her... we're not finding out until they arrive!

The Measure of a Man

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 27th, 2015), in partnership with Make Something Edmonton, we're hosting an interactive branding party for our Men's Collection that we're calling The Measure of a Man. There are 20 public spots open, so RSVP and help us discover who the Poppy Barley man is. There will be drinks, music, and prizes. There will be questions. There will be honest answers. Don't miss out!

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.

Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.