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Progress, Not Perfection

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Progress, not perfection. We live by these words at Poppy Barley. Perfection is paralyzing; progress is encouraging. Perfection reinforces the status quo while progress takes us forward. When it comes to the fashion industry, we need progress. Collectively, we need to change how we make, buy and dispose of products.
Prior to founding Poppy Barley, Justine’s career path was deeply rooted in social causes: homelessness, justice systems, and affordable housing. She was going to change the world by working in government and not-for-profit organizations. Together, we started Poppy Barley to solve the problem of finding boots that fit. Six years later, we know designing great fitting shoes is only part of Poppy Barley’s mission—what drives us on a daily basis is the footwear industry needing to change. Our goal is to create beautiful products we feel really good about. Factory workers require better working conditions. Tanneries must use fewer chemicals and leave behind clean water. Packaging needs to be reduced. More sustainable material options need to be introduced. Improving the footwear industry requires a million tiny steps. We’re committed to making progress. Every year, we release a Sustainability Report where we publicly share our goals.
Co-founders, Kendall (left) and Justine Barber (right).
In becoming a more socially-conscious company, Justine is our driving leader. Three years ago, Justine first suggested Poppy Barley become a Certified Benefit Corporation—a business that balances purpose and profit. This month, we achieved this ambitious goal. Justine shares what it means to be a B Corp and why it matters. We’re celebrating another huge milestone this month. We FINALLY opened a store in Calgary at Market Mall. We love Calgary—the city has played a huge role in shaping Poppy Barley. In Calgary, we’ve held pop-up shops in wine stores, clothing boutiques, plant shops, coffee shops and California Closets. We even had a popup shop in a park during a rainstorm! Everywhere we showed up, Calgarians came to support us. We’re thrilled to finally show up for Calgary with a permanent store.  Poppy Barley's Founders We make shoes for really great people. Be inspired by these gentlemen: Jereme, owner of Hedkandi, Butter, and Johnny’s Barbershop salons in Calgary; Jared Smith, CMO of The Luxus Group; and Andrew Ference, Director of Social Impact, Growth and Fan Development at the NHL. For women kicking ass in their respective fields, read our interviews with Jill, gynecologist and supermom; Robyn partner and accountant extraordinaire at KPMG; and Nancy, VP of Urban Planning at Stantec; and Martha, Sr. VP of Strategic Services at DDB. Not only are we inspired by those who wear our shoes but by those who are equally as driven in impacting the fashion industry— Marielle Elizabeth, slow fashion and size inclusivity advocate and a handful of progressively responsible brands: Unbelts, harly jae, ARC Apparel, Outland Denim, New Classics, FRANC, Fieldstudy and Free Label. Just like the risk-takers that wear Poppy Barley shoes, the PB community continues to push for progress. I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together this year.

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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.