I love Toronto the most in the early Fall, when the days are still warm, the sun still sets late into the evening and patio fans loiter in luxury on the side of every curb here and there with a pint and penchant to hold on to the summer before winter woes keep us locked in tight. Toronto really shines in the Autumn as folks get back to regular work hours and students throw their noses back into their books.
As Ontario’s landscape offers a cavalcade of colour I find inspiration in the dress up game. Tis the season for versatility: flashy designer jackets, sexy leather boots and the twirl of a scarf. I spent my final weeks of summer test driving a slew of shoes. My top picks below will hopefully help you fulfill your Fall foot fetish fantasy via these five sick kicks.
Rockport’s Total Motion Street Plain Toe Boot combines urban chic with rural ruggedness. The supple leather upper is grounded by a durable yet lightweight rubber sole, gripping securely to a variety of surfaces. ADIPRENE® by adidas sport technology achieves maximum shock absorption and heel cushion. Inside, an anti-microbial DEWIX lining helps wick away moisture and prevent odour. Developed in Italy by some of the world’s most skilled shoe artisans, this mid-high men’s boot turns heads wherever it’s worn. These may just be the comfiest boots in the history of life, perfect for hiking through the Rocky Mountains or your favourite urban forest-filled park. $220 CAD
Roots launched a new breed of Fall footwear this season which they call Hi Moc Tribe. The style of these ankle high lace-up shoes are inspired by indigenous moccasin meets Canadian camp with each pairs hand stitched construction allowing for comfort and flexibility. They are unbelievably comfy, tip of the hat to the products unique design which moulds to your foot. The Hi Mocs spongy sole is made from plantation crepe, the most sustainable and natural form of rubber. Roots Hi Mocs are ideal for those looking to adventure through the city. The shoes comfy sole makes window shopping for hours on end a breeze and also offers an amazing grip on your peddle if you’re keen to hop on a bike and ride around town. $158.00 CAD
Sanuk means “fun” in Thai, a tip of the hat to the California based shoe company’s playful roots. Started in 1997 by founder Jeff Kelley, Sanuk began as a collection of sandals made from inner tubes and indoor + outdoor carpets. Since then, Sanuk has expanded its foot friendly repertoire and its products are now made from playful materials such as yoga matts and the soles of flip flops. The Sanuk Casa Barco is an easy slip on boat shoe, a perfect option if you’re looking for comfort that you can dash to work in. The shoe is constructed with canvas and can be worn with our without laces. Sanuk’s newest also features high rebound molded EVA footbed, happy U rubber outsole, aegis antimicrobial additive and is happily vegan. Go for the camo design, perfect for blending in at work when you are in a solitary “don’t bother me right now,” mood. $74.99 CAD
New Balance, headquartered in Boston is amazingly the only athletic shoe company manufacturing footwear in the U.S. with 25% of its footwear shipments produced in five New England facilities. For those looking for the perfect multi-purpose shoe to wear at the gym this season, look no further than The 890v4. The 4th generation shoe delivers an amazingly light ride, feautring REVlite cushioning, panel-like construction and no-sew FantomFit upper which ensures a secure arch wrap. Throughout the Fall and Winter you’ll find me running like mad on the elliptical machine at my gym. One must fight the fat year round! $139.95 CAD
Sorel’s Ankenny Boot is ideal for stomping through slush filled streets and fighting off woeful winter blues. The boot is constructed with waterproof full-grain leather and is seam-sealed, ideal for wet, dreary conditions. A removable molded EVA footbed features a heel cup and arch support with a textile mesh topcover. The outsole is a waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with a stylish herringbone design. A perfect aid in the transition from Fall to Winter. $150 CAD
Wicked Cool Yo Sox
I would be doing a massive disservice to your toes if I didn’t conclude this Fall footwear tale with a chirp for your socks. The petite garment duo which we wrap around our feet each morn are an essential part of the every-day routine. Why not add a bit of personality to your wardrobe by sussing out a few pairs which actually speak to your unique style sensibility and hobbies? Toronto based Yo Sox was launched by a group of sock aficionados who pledged to make feet fashionable and fun. Their colourful collection allows you to make a serious statement while in stride. The food writer in me adores those red beer pint and ooy gooy pizza slice adored socks with burgers and fries coming in as a close second.