Friday Find : Native Shoes Supernatural Collection

nativeshoesThings are Supernatural this Fall/Winter 2016 season as Native Shoes introduces its most radical line of unisex silhouettes designed for humans in all climates to wander the elements.

Just in time for autumn weather, Native is unveils a collection of cold season styles, combining futuristic materials and classic styling aimed at propelling its “Future Classics” story.  Perfect for our wet West Coast weather is the introduction of the water-resistant Hydro Collection, infused with a proprietary Defender Repellent Systems with Scotchgard™

Taking design inspiration from the avant-garde concepts that emerged from architectural firm Superstudio in 1960’s Italy, Native’s supernatural story plays with textures, technology, prints, and colors which encompass the radically advanced thinkers of this cultural movement. Like Native, Superstudio was known for their design beliefs which used structures in the natural world to enhance the human experience. Superstudio’s concepts are brought to life in the modern age through new futuristic silhouettes.

Three new FW16 styles are introduces to fill out the water-resistant Hydro Collection.

Built on the Apollo Platform (AP), each shoe features an ultra-light rubber outsole and the Defender Repellent Systems with Scotchgard™.

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Hydro Collection – AP Apex

The AP Apex draws inspiration from the classic hiking boot with metal eyelets, a padded collar for comfort and breathable micro-perforations on a recycled Japanese nubuck.

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Hydro Collection – AP Chukka

The AP Chukka Hydro follows the same design cues as the traditional Chukka, updated with a non-perforated three-ply upper for extra weather-resistance.

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Hydro Collection – AP Rover

The AP Rover is constructed from a lightweight mesh with waterproof membrane, moleskin lining, and a 3D printed mudguard.

The Fall/Winter 2016 collection will be available at select retailers across Canada and at www.nativeshoes.com.

Get Dad geared up for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just days away, and if you’ve procrastinated on getting your Dad a gift here’s a few ideas to help you out.

As workplace and weekend activities have changed Father’s styles have changed.  Dads deserve more than traditional black socks and blue ties, give him a style boost to get him away from the standard 9-5 suit.

The Armchair Jock:
Socks don’t have to be boring and hoodies aren’t just for teens.
Find something for every budget for Dad’s athletic and leisure activities.

Weekend
From L to R clockwise: 1. Minimum – Floke Sweat (ivory melange) $109.99, 2. Instance Fusion Run – Railway LW (navy) $21.00, 3. Minimum – Fitz Short (dark melange) $74.99, 4. Native Shoes – Apollo Moc XL (snapper red) $114.99, 5. Instance Hardwood Classics – Toronto Raptors (purple) $19.50, 6. Instance Harwood Classics – Vancouver Grizzlies (teal) $19.50

Friday Business Casual:
Show Dad that he can look crisp, smart and have some fun in your wardrobe while dressing for business casual work days.

Business Casual
From L to R clockwise: 1. Minimum – Delancey Shirt (dark iris) $74.99, 2. Instance Blue – Spectrum (white) $16.50, 3. Minimum – Fabron Pant (lion) $99.99, 4. Native Shoes – Apollo Chukka (dublin grey) $109.99, 5. Instance Blue – Hanama (black) $19.50

 

Getaway Dreaming:
Even if you can’t get away for a vacation you can still feel fresh and renewed with a fun, holiday-inspired wardrobe.

Vacation
From L to R clockwise: 1. Minimum – Acton Shirt (pigeon grey) $79.99, 2. Instance Sidestep – Maldive (black) $14.50, 3. Minimum – Wimba Short (dark iris) $89.99, 4. Instance Blue – Lei-Lei (white) $19.50, 5. Native Shoes – Jefferson (shell white) $64.99

 

Hopefully these give you some inspiration to find your Dad’s a great gift this weekend. Get these or find your own Father’s Day gift ideas are available at retailers near you.

 

 

Friday Find : Pop Shoes

MyPop-6224How often have we seen little kids with light-up shoes and, smiling, thought how fun it would be to have a pair? Now, Pop Shoes have made it possible with their debut line of line up sneakers, for adults!

PopShoes_group_d_104Based in Montreal, Pop Shoes brings an inventive approach to the footwear market, combining fashion with innovative design to create a versatile, rechargeable light-up sneaker for both adults and kids. Each style is made with premium materials and LED lights in the sole of the shoe with three light-up settings; fast flash, slow flash and continuous lights. Unlike other brands of light-up sneaks, POP Shoes have the option to turn the LED lights on and off, so they can be worn all day, every day, saving the light for that “pop” of light when you want to make an impression. 

MyPop-6148“Our goal is to revamp the sneaker industry one step at a time.” says POP Shoes Chief Operating Officer, Vanessa Ades. “POP Shoes was born with a vision to create quality sneakers that are anything but ordinary while being easily accessible to an international market.”

The styles in POP Shoes’ debut Spring/Summer 2016 collection combine timeless footwear silhouettes with futuristic design elements; low-tops, high-tops, platforms or chukka sneakers bring the FUNction to the fashion. The colourways are equally as fun as the shoes; Pink Fizz, Gold Digger, Lilac, Black Licorice and White Chiclet provide the strong visuals you’d expect from the unique sneaker. The eight hour rechargeable battery in the shoes, recharged by a hidden micro-USB port in the shoe, has been thoroughly tested to ensure safety, even the exposed to water (although it’s not recommended)

POP Shoes collection is on sale now, retail pricing range from $145 – $165 (CDN) available online at mypopshoes.ca
Sizes range from kid’s size 11 to adult men’s size 13
Dual-charging micro-USB cable included with shoes.

Friday Find : Reigning Champ x ASICS Tiger

Asics_Tiger_x_Reigning_Champ_Lookbook_05Today’s Friday Find is brand new, so new it doesn’t debut until tomorrow.

Saturday, February 20th, a local and global collaboration hit stores. Vancouver’s Reigning Champ and ASICS Tiger have paired up to create a collection of Canadian-made essentials.

Asics_Tiger_x_Reigning_Champ_Lookbook_08The collaboration includes a mix of 15 comfortable tops and bottoms that you’ll want to make part of your everyday gear.  The simple line up of 100% cotton bomber jackets, hoodies, tees and shorts come in a trio of colours; black, navy and heather. Not forgetting about your Asics_Tiger_x_Reigning_Champ_Lookbook_10feet, a trio of GEL-Lyte III silhouettes complete the outfit, each shoe is handcrafted with premium suede and?mid weight?French terry?for a unique tailored fit.

In Vancouver, the Reigning Champ X ASICS Tiger collaboration will be available at: online or instore at Reigning Champ. Live Stock, and Haven. Pieces range from $80 – $270, look out for them starting tomorrow, February 20th. 

 

Friday Find: Ingledew’s Shoes First 100 Years

Ingledews_IMG_4037Today’s Friday Find isn’t so much of a find as a discovery.  Last night, Ingledew’s Shoes held a celebration at its new downtown Vancouver location at 900 West Hastings Street.  The discovery from the fact that the part was also Ingledews_IMG_4039for the venerable shoe store’s 100th Anniversary. I knew the store had been around Vancouver for a long time but not for a century.  In a city that’s only 129 years old, it’s impressive for any establishment to hit the century mark.

At the new downtown shop, third generation CEO Bill Ingledew told me the flagship store had been on Granville Street for their entire first century, having opened February 1st, 1915 before this move to Hastings Street. Ingledews_IMG_4043 In three generations, the family business has seen a lot of changes to the footwear landscape,  beginning as a dress shoe only shop, the post-war climate saw casual shoes gain traction and today design advancements allows athletic shoe technology to permeate even the dressiest of shoes.

The new store is a way to refresh and revive the brand, and, even though it’s just a few blocks away, bring it to a new demographic of shoppers.  The bright and open store located at the corner of Hastings and Hornby takes advantage of the recent Ingledews_2015-03-26, 19 04 31revival of the area since the opening of Jameson House, with close proximity to the Vancouver Convention Centre, many hotels and the central Business district.  Men’s, Women’s, casual & dress shoes, plus a selection of handbags are elegantly displayed throughout the shop. The shop didn’t forget about its history either with the walls lined with images and clippings from the life of Ingledew’s.

Ingledews_IMG_4044Known for quality, stylish comfort, if you can’t experience the great service of Ingledew’s Downtown Vancouver there’s 6 other locations (plus 2 ECCO Shoe Stores) around BC and online shopping at ingledews.com.

Friday Find: ShoeMe.Ca

SHOEMECA_2015-01-20 22.33.27I was privileged to win a gift certificate for shoeme.ca, while I had heard much about the online shoe retailer in the media I didn’t know anyone who’d used the service.

My shopping experience on shoeme.ca was relatively simple, the usual catalogue listings of brands, styles, colours but a nice feature is the fit description. In addition the standard measurements the shoeme.ca site listings also start whether the brand “Fits Large” or “Fits True To Size”.  Always a good thing to know especially when you’re shoe size is ‘between’ sizes.  In addition to the wide selection of footwear the site also offers accessories; bags, belts, hats, underwear, workout pants & shorts, wallets and watches.

Shoeme.ca also has an outlet tab that operates on a separate shopping cart but offers some great savings, up to 50% off.

I’ve heard comments that the shoes are over priced to begin with so that Sale prices look like a bargain but I didn’t find the site to be overpriced.  Free shipping on all purchases is an added bonus, items ship as ready so if you purchase multiple items, as I did, you may receive multiple courier shipments.

Overall, I was very happy with my purchases and the service at shoeme.ca and would recommend it again.

Selection: 4/5
Simplicity of Shopping: 5/5
Shipping Speed: 4/5

Explore the World Of Native Shoes

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Last week, Vancouver’s Native Shoes gave a sneak preview of Spring Summer 2014 at Walrus on Cambie Street. The local company’s success has always been based on its ability to keep it simple and as their motto says “Keep it Lite”.   For Spring Summer 2014, Native has kept their traditional lines but debuted bright new patterns and colours to the palette.

credit: Lindsey Elliot
credit: Lindsey Elliot

 

 

 

 

As the brand strives to conquer the globe, CEO, Scott Hawthorne, Creative Director, Mark Gainor and Marketing Director Shawna Olsten (pictured) showed off what to expect to see for the coming season.

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In the Men’s lines, they’ve brought two-tone colours to their “Howard” boat shoe. The best selling “Jefferson” and “Miller” receive contrasting taping. For the women’s “Verona”, bright spring colours and floral prints make their debut.  Chevron patterns, pops of colour on the heels and bright contrasting taping also signal the coming of spring. Even the Kids line gets refreshed, with colours and patters as well as the debut of the “Verona” for Kids.

 

 

 

Along with the fresh and bright product the marketing has been refreshed with a new video series to go along with the line. The World Of Native follows our intrepid explorers as they hunt the globe, discovering for the brightly coloured footwear.

World of Native – Spring/Summer 2014 Preview from Native Shoes on Vimeo.