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Poppy Barley

Poppy seeds and barley corns were the original unit of measurement in shoemaking.

After a light bulb moment at a custom boot shop in Bali, sisters Justine and Kendall Barber launched Poppy Barley in 2012. They travelled from their home in Edmonton, Canada to the city of León, Mexico in search of a leather shoe factory that prioritized its people and could offer flexibility in sizing and inventory through small-batch manufacturing.

Poppy Barley designs shoes for kick-ass men and women who always show up and don’t have time for sore feet.

Poppy Barley Footwear.
Poppy Barley learns to make footwear.

Although they were relative newcomers to shoemaking, Justine and Kendall were raised to be creative, ambitious, industrious and ask a lot of questions. They utilized the breadth of manufacturing experience from their factory owner, Lupita, operations manager, Laura, and a talented pool of artisans to produce polished, everyday essential footwear and chic, functional accessories.

In the process, Poppy Barley became the first company in North America to offer custom fashion boots online.

Welcome to a socially responsible era.

You’re smarter than the fashion industry is giving you credit for—and your feet deserve better. We all know the story—appalling working conditions, low-paid workers, uncomfortable and poorly made products, and high markups that don’t reflect the value of what you’re wearing. Enough is enough.

Real shoes, made by real people, for real people.

Poppy Barley screens its factories for positive working conditions, including fair Wages and Benefits, Worker’s Rights and Freedoms, Health and Safety, and Training and Opportunity. We’re transparent about our manufacturing. You can learn more about our Factories here.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

Factory artisan, Carlos.

Poppy Barley footwear.

Factory artisan, Ramona.

Poppy Barley footwear.

Factory artisan, Delfino.

We all need to wear shoes, so how can we improve your options?

Every decision we make as a business is an effort to present you with a better choice than what’s being offered in the traditional leather goods industry. Accessible luxury means you’ll reach for these shoes every day, and it won’t break the bank—or your feet. You’ll never toss out your handbag after three uses. You’ll never be guilty of ignoring the people behind the products you purchase. In this business, we want you to feel good.

The C-Word:
Comfort—made cool.
Luxury made accessible.

Our shoes are so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing them, but so damn beautiful, you’ll feel dressed to kill every. single. day.

Poppy seeds and barley corns were the original unit of measurement in shoemaking.

After a light bulb moment at a custom boot shop in Bali, sisters Justine and Kendall Barber launched Poppy Barley in 2012. They travelled from their home in Edmonton, Canada to the city of León, Mexico in search of a leather shoe factory that prioritized its people and could offer flexibility in sizing and inventory through small-batch manufacturing.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

Poppy Barley designs shoes for kick-ass men and women who always show up and don’t have time for sore feet.

Although they were newcomers to shoemaking, Justine and Kendall were raised to be creative, ambitious, industrious and ask a lot of questions. They utilized the breadth of manufacturing experience from their factory owner, Lupita, operations manager, Laura, and a talented pool of artisans to produce polished, everyday essential footwear and chic, functional accessories.

In the process, Poppy Barley became the first company in North America to offer custom fashion boots online.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

Welcome to a socially
responsible
era.

You’re smarter than the fashion industry is giving you credit for—and your feet deserve better. We all know the story—appalling working conditions, low-paid workers, uncomfortable and poorly made products, and high markups that don’t reflect the value of what you’re wearing. Enough is enough.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

Real shoes, made by real people, for real people.

Poppy Barley screens its factories for positive working conditions, including fair Wages and Benefits, Worker’s Rights and Freedoms, Health and Safety, and Training and Opportunity. We’re transparent about our manufacturing. You can learn more about our Factories here.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

Factory artisan, Carlos.

Poppy Barley footwear.

Our product development and operations team from Mexico to Canada—Paulina, Laura, Marcela and our Co-founder, Justine.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

We all need to wear shoes, so how can we improve your options?

Every decision we make as a business is an effort to present you with a better choice than what’s being offered in the traditional leather goods industry. Accessible luxury means you’ll reach for these shoes every day, and it won’t break the bank—or your feet. You’ll never toss out your handbag after three uses. You’ll never be guilty of ignoring the people behind the products you purchase. In this business, we want you to feel good.

Poppy Barley Footwear.

The C-Word:
Comfort—made cool.
Luxury made accessible.

Our shoes are so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing them, but so damn beautiful, you’ll feel dressed to kill every. single. day.