At Kintec, university-trained fit gurus draw upon a thorough, five-tiered fitting process, exploring each foot's singular lifestyle to ensure a shoe-human compatibility. Prior to each fitting, slow-motion video and sensor technology measure length, width, and grape-stomping prowess. Upgrade walking, running, or two-stepping experiences with pedorthist-picked foot cocoons, such as the New Balance 1442 with biped-pleasing ultralight cushioning ($99.95) or the Nike Free 5.0 with a mesh upper that ensures flexible fit and lets feet breathe without uncomfortable snorkels ($124.95).
A selection of fedoras ($39+), dress hats ($48+), fur hats, berets, Stetsons, and more hang side-by-side in Edie's wall-to-wall chapeau chateau like freshly-cut slabs of sparkling personality. With haute headgear in countless shapes, sizes, colours, and styles, this noggin-mooring emporium hawks headpieces suitable for both everyday use and elegant occasions, such as the annual Debutantes' Cattle-Branding Cotillion. Edie's also hosts chic accessories and gifts including cashmere scarves ($68), leather belts, and fragrances. Just down the block, Tart Boutique lifts the veil on modesty with its sensuous collection of chic clothing for men ($55–$185) and women ($29–$228), boudoir apparel, books ($17.95–$110), candles, and all manner of gifts to tickle the psyche and senses of discerning and yearning friends alike. Both stores offer up a helpful, welcoming, and warm staff rife with answers and hungry for questions.
The designers at Allure Couture Jewelry scour the Earth for fine handcrafted necklaces, lustrous beads, and shimmering crystals. In Allure's showroom, cases glisten with Evil Eye beads from Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey as well as handmade Italian pieces made from sterling silver. Seasoned designers handpick each piece, sifting out imperfect diamonds and fake decoder rings. The showroom also features Austrian Swarovski crystals, which are nickel- and lead-free like the rest of the jewellery on display.
Most shoe websites display a seemingly endless number of footwear styles for all seasons and occasions, but ShoeMe.ca knew it could do even better. To stand out among the crowd, the team behind the store decided to nail down their customer service efforts, offering $4.95 flat rate shipping throughout Canada. Of course, none of that would matter if the site wasn't so in demand for its vast selection of footwear for the whole family. Whatever your needs, shoes for both formal and informal occasions come in hundreds of well-known brands such as Keen, Sperry Top-Sider, and Sketchers. Shoppers can also fill their online carts with bags, belts, sunglasses, and other fashion accessories that can also be worn on the feet if you're ambitious enough.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.