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A Development Update On Our Rounded-Toe Ballet Flat

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In late January, we escaped -27C in Edmonton to travel to Mexico to initiate development of Poppy Barley’s first-ever ballerina flats line. The Poppy Barley Flats Collection would encompass the two most classic shapes: a soft, pointed toe, and a beautiful rounded-toe flat—lovingly referred to as “The Contemporary Ballet”. Over the past few months, we’ve shared photos of The Contemporary Ballet flat--and many of you are excitedly awaiting its arrival. But, it’s mid-August and this style is still not available. We apologize for the delay in releasing our fourth custom shoe style. The truth behind the delay is this: perfecting The Contemporary Ballet flat has taken longer than anticipated, and we’re not willing to compromise on fit, style or quality. We’d also love one more opportunity to get feedback from you before we finalize the design and components. You can help us tremendously by taking this very short survey. To fully explain the delay, we’ll take you inside our product development cycle... Poppy Barley Flats Samples MARCH We received the first samples of all flat styles, including The Contemporary Ballet. We start by making all of our samples in whatever leather colours we have available at the time (hence the kaki and blue!). We always wear-test our samples, and then critique them before deciding what to change for the next round of samples. The biggest lesson from our first set of samples was that we needed to use more shaper in the toe and heel to prevent this from happening: Shoe samples with weak shaper Shaper is sewn in between the outer leather and lining leather to help shoes keep their shape. A lot of “shaper” means you have to “break-in” your shoes, but not enough gives your shoes poor durability; it is tough to find the perfect balance. APRIL We made more samples to experiment with the fit of the last, which we thought might be too tight. (A “last” determines the shape the shoes will take and a bad last fit will corrupt a shoe, no matter how great the rest is.) While the last for The Contemporary Ballet flat required further development, our “pointed toe” last was ready to go, and we pushed ahead to make The Classic Point, The Feminine Slipper, and The Modern Mary-Jane available in June. JUNE In June, we received our first samples of the rounded-toe ballet flats using the improved last. The flats were also much better for shaper, insole attachment and finish. round toe ballet flats JULY To test the size run (i.e. how does a size 9C fit, how does a size 6.5D fit etc.) we made flats for the Poppy Barley team. We received more useful feedback to help us perfect our rounded-toe flats. Heel blisters were a problem (we went too heavy on the shaper!), and our foot length sizing needed some adjustments. RoundToe We also decided our design was a bit boring, so added the option of a cap toe (very trendy for Fall 2013) that can be colour-blocked, along with our toe and heel hardware options. Poppy Barley Rounded Toe Shoe Technical Drawings AUGUST So, where are we at now? Shortly, we’ll be receiving what should be our last set of samples before we go into production. That means we are getting ready to order all the lasts, insoles, and soles we need to launch The Contemporary Ballet flat style. Before we do that, we’d love some feedback from you regarding your preferences for an insole, sole (rubber or leather), and which sizes to bring in. Again, we’ve prepared this super short survey for you. Once we put the order in, it typically takes two-three months to bring in all the lasts, insoles and soles, and to make the samples we need for photography. This brings us to an estimated product launch date of November/early December 2013—just in time for the holidays. Thank you for your patience. As a start-up company, we have been blown away by your support and enthusiasm for Poppy Barley. Over the next few months, we'll be working away to bring you a made to measure, rounded-toe ballet flat that's truly perfect. We hope you'll be thrilled with the results. - Justine Barber, Co-founder

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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.