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Footwear

Hot Shopping: Fabulous Flip-Flops

Love Beach Peacock flip-flop in Sunrise

Flip-flops are undeniably comfortable, but rarely does the essential summer shoe manage to combine comfort with wearable style. Local line Love Beach offers the best of both worlds — eye-catching, artistic styles that keep your feet feeling fine. Each shoe sports a colourful design motif, gold-plated and corrosion-resistant pendant, gentle arch support, triple-layer EVA sole, a supple TPU upper and gel cushion heel. The collection offers a range of colours and includes three design styles — Peacock (shown), Love Bubble and Summer Floral. $40.

Available online and at select local retailers, including Capital City Luggage, 1337 Wellington St. W., 613-725-3313.

Hot Shopping: Ugg Puts its Best Foot Forward in Yorkville

photo by Oscar Mach

It’s the time of year when every other pair of feet you see is likely to be sporting a pair of calf-length caramel-coloured sheepskin boots. Although such footwear is synonymous with UGG Australia, the brand produces many other styles, too. Tony Yorkville is home to the company’s first concept shop here in Canada (a second is now open in Vancouver), where a curved zebra-striped ceiling and frosted glass walls serve as a backdrop for the brand’s entire collection of men’s and ladies boots, slippers, sneakers and accessories such as hats and handbags. Open daily. 23 St. Thomas St., 647-799-0300.

Hot Art: Bata’s “Roaring” New Show

Andre Perugia designs on display at the Bata Shoe Museum

ON NOW One of the more prosperous and progressive decades of the early 20th century was, unsurprisingly, one of the most fashionable, too. The Bata Shoe Museum turns back the clock with its exhibition The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits, which uses footwear to examine everything from women’s suffrage to the rise of world travel, the popularity of jazz music to the peak of art deco style. This age of post-World War I exuberance produced numerous fine shoes, including fanciful Icarus-inspired bathing shoes and glamorous heels by French designer Andre Perugia that remain strikingly stylish almost 100 years later.

Hot Shopping: Ecco Goes Back to the Future

Seeking inspiration for spring 2011, Danish company Ecco dug deep into its archives and brought back a bestseller from the 1970s. The Joke ($160 to $175), originally launched in 1978, is a comfy and colourful unisex walking shoe available in several tones: lava, mustard, retro blue and coffee.

Hot Shopping: Converse for Kids

Perhaps if Dr. Seuss had known about these kicks he might’ve renamed a few of his iconic stories: Horton Wears a Shoe? Or How the Grinch Stole the High Tops? Converse presents a limited edition of their famed footwear for pint-sized fans, such as the Cindy Lou Who ($45 to $50), available at Get Outside.

Hot Shopping: Wet Wear By SWIMS

Spice up the season with these preppy and practical loafers from SWIMS ($175), available at Harry Rosen. Seafaring men and their land-locked brethren are sure to make a splash with this versatile summer classic from the Norwegian brand. These waterproof shoes are made with a natural rubber and feature a hand-sewn anti-bacterial mesh lining for proper ventilation; non-slip, non-marking soles mean they’re perfect for skipping a boat or toting about town. Bright accent colours and a streamlined silhouette make this a no-fuss choice for the season.

Hot Shopping: Lemon Zest

Spring’s hot hue is fresh and vibrant—perfect for brightening up a dreary March day. Enliven your seasonal attire with one of these pick-me-ups.

>> Leather bomber, $249, Danier.

>> Adidas Original watch from CANDY Splice collection, $70, Adidas.

>> Women’s Gambetta Mid sneakers, $95, Lacoste.