I was walking through my old stomping grounds (Dundas West + Trinity Bellwoods) when I discovered that Frank + Oak opened a pop-up shop for their new woman's line of clothing. I took a quick peek inside with my sister and cousin.
It looks fairly standard, but their price points hit at that sweet spot: more expensive than Forever 21 or H&M, but less expensive than COS, Club Monaco or Anthropologie. I saw a few females buying things during my time there.
I suspect that they received funding, because they've expanded exponentially in the past 2-3 years. I'm likely mistaken but I could have sworn that they were still only in Montreal and Toronto as of 2013-2014. Now they're in Sherway Gardens, a few major Canadian cities and three stores in the United States.
I imagine the quality isn't that great but their branding and online marketing seem to work for them. Every time I walk by their Queen West location en route to Park & Province or Nomad, I see several people in the store and a couple of guys with their shopping bags.
Originally Posted by toplel
Thanks for this, I am in Toronto and both Blundstone and getOutside look promising. The Bay & Walking on a Cloud also appear to have some Chelsea boot options in the range I'm willing to pay. I'm pretty busy but will get to those places eventually.
IMO the best odour fighter is to have *lots* of shoes/boots & let them dry out between wearings.
You're welcome. Just try not to abuse them (i.e. do not wear them on consecutive days). Boots in your price range will have a shelf life and you want to extend that as much as possible.
I'd argue that shoe trees will do a better job. They're worth the small price you pay for them and you can use them for any nicer shoes you may want to purchase in the future!
And see if you can find reviews beforehand, because of this:
Originally Posted by MrGimpy
I'm not speaking from personal experience, but you may wish to be careful with Blundstone. They moved production to China a few years ago and apparently the quality has declined substantially since then.