Brands to Watch @ Toronto Shoe Show / by Emily Miller Palmquist

Produced by the OSTA, The Toronto Shoe Show this week wrapped up with a focus on streamlined silhouettes and forward thinking details that narrow the spaces from business to play. As lifestyles move more in the direction of less defined wearability, brands leading in the Canadian market are adapting to match these desires with client mobility.

 Everton McDougall from Press Play Not Pause  showcased Muroexe a label from Spain creating lightweight, aerodynamic styled shoes that bridge the gap between gender, dress and casual. Mark Azoulay's Montreal designed collection of Ateliers brings forth Italian craftsmanship with global influences. This brand seamlessly joins fashion with functionality at a price that Canadians can't afford not to buy.  Davis Guay, Creative director of  Cartel Footwear is responsible for spearheading Canada's ageless, minimalist cool with a closely edited range. The collection has a "wear every day" feel and creates timeless designs so the wearer can commit to a classic style with just enough added edge. Crafted in Quebec city, Saute-Mouton  presented some of the most interesting combinations of skins from dappled cowhides, or seal skin trims mixed with leather, all styles are perfectly engineered for the Canadian climate.  Liebskind Berlin, a celebrity favourite, presented by Paula Firmino showed some of the most innovative shapes and detailing in the Handbag offering at the show. All styles from the smallest change purses to bucket bags are created in pliable second skin leathers. Last but not least, Toronto based Parc City Boot Co. shown by Paul Esplen from Jonas William & Assoc. is bringing European made, sensibility to the market for Men, and now the Women's sector. Signature shaping across the board in this brand is found in the low profile ankle boot, a casual alternative to an oxford profile.  Unanimously, the best foot forward for Canada is centered in carefully curated craft, quality and creative detailing. See you next season at the Toronto Shoe Show