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New(ish) Dads of Poppy Barley

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There is no guidebook for becoming a dad. Even the most seasoned and competent planner is going to have a host of curveballs thrown his way in the first few years (and the next several decades too, if we’re being honest).
Here at Poppy Barley, we’re no stranger to the elations, shocks, and straight up oddities that come from welcoming a new baby into the home. In the last year alone, four brand-new PB babies have joined the team (honorary members only. We don’t employ babies, FYI), making it a total of five kiddos for the staff to fuss over. We give a lot of love to the moms of Poppy Barley, but we can’t forget about the men.

We asked the new dads of Poppy Barley what was the single biggest shock they’ve faced since bringing their baby home. Here’s what they had to say:


“How far a baby can poop! Like, get out the measuring tape! On a more serious note though, I was surprised at how supportive, involved and generous friends and family are when you have a baby. They say it takes a village, but it's amazing when the village actually shows up!”

Mike’s pick:

The Vancouver Chukka in Black

Mike a Poppy Barley Dad


“I’ve come to realize how much I used to take eight consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep for granted, although I'm starting to enjoy partaking in the mid-morning nap after a sleepless night. In all honesty, though, the biggest surprise to me is how much I've enjoyed becoming a parent. I was never one to embrace the concept of fatherhood and was never sure that I even wanted children. I also had an ingrained fear of holding or dropping a baby. But since having little Monroe, I really can't picture my life without her. The whole process of becoming a father brought me closer to my wife, my parents, and made me more in tune with my previous work-life imbalances that had just started to become the norm. I now rush home from work every night to see her, or if I get back after she goes to bed, I find myself peeking through her bedroom door to make sure she's safe. Monroe has reminded me that life is about developing, learning, exploring, and laughing. It's about sharing a cinnamon bun together on our morning walks, and not needing to tell mom (I'm sure that this will change when she can talk).”

Ross’ pick:

The Toronto Brogue in Tan

Ross a Poppy Barley Dad


“I was surprised that I didn't mind changing diapers - it was just about getting him clean again and not gross. Same with getting up in the middle of the night - it wasn't as bad as I expected.”

Connor’s pick:

The Vancouver Chukka in Navy

Connor a Poppy Barley Dad


“Being a parent is hard! Even harder than tax law! In all seriousness, that moment when you hold your child for the first time...well, there is just nothing better in the whole world.”

Rob’s pick:

The Edmonton Oxford in Grey

Connor a Poppy Barley Dad

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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.