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Show Us Your Shoes

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Dress codes play a huge role in our life. As teenagers, we dress to fit in. On dates, we dress to impress. In sports, we dress to perform. We dress to say something about ourselves.
Founder's Letter: Show Us Your Shoes | Poppy Barley Magazine

Photo credit: Jody Bailey

In my twenties, I started to dress more for myself (and less exactly like my friends). This stage was hugely experimental and I shopped cheaply all the time. In my late twenties, I began to care more about quality over quantity and started shopping more conscientiously instead of throwing my dollars at fast-fashion stores. When Justine and I starting Poppy Barley, I became even more aware of how my clothing and footwear choices impacted the environment and the lives of people making the product. Now in my thirties, I finally nailed down my dress code: luxurious fabrics, modern cuts, and feminine structure. I always want my uniform to say “I’ve got my shit together” while being very approachable. When I was a teenager (wearing jeans four sizes too big, plaid shirts and lots of black eyeliner), my gym teacher had a sign on her door that said “Show Me Your Friends. I’ll Show You Your Future”. If there’s truth to this statement, Poppy Barley has a cool, smart future. In this issue, we chat dress codes, work and life with friends of Poppy Barley. Founder's Letter: Show Us Your Shoes | Poppy Barley Magazine While it took me decades to figure out how to dress, Talia Brown proves the importance of dress codes by making a career out of it, telling stories as a stylist for brands, individuals and magazines. Based-in Toronto, Talia and I have not met (yet!), but in my digital world, she’s a sweetheart. United in their appreciation for their Chukka Boots, Connor (wearing a suit) and Warren (wearing startup t-shirts) share their days as a lawyer and community manager for Startup Edmonton. Dr. Amy Tan is an academic family physician (translation: she does kick-ass, innovative research to improve palliative care). Back in 2013, Amy spoiled her wide feet to a pair of Savannah Hill boots. Over the past 4-years (and many more pairs of Poppy Barleys), Amy has become someone I deeply admire for her tenacity, smarts and ambition. Dr. Ryan Oland is the Chief of Medical Staff at WestView Health Centre. With a specialty in Emergency Medicine, Ryan chats about not sleeping, progress in health care and trailblazing a career. And while a self-defined “proud-nerd”, Ryan earns cool points from me for his global adventures, hiking, and kite-boarding. Daelan, our developer, packed his rain coat and camera gear for a 10-day adventure in Iceland. The people, he said, are "overwhelmingly good looking", while the landscape is something you have to see for yourself. This July, we’re launching our "Berry Confetti" leather (a new twist on past fan-faves Sunrise Confetti and Midnight Confetti). It’s an unconventional choice for summer – precisely why we love it. To help us style berry tones for the season, our friends at LUX Beauty Boutique give us a makeup demo. Watch it.
The new saying around here: Show us your shoes, we’ll show you your future.
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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.