Gravity Pope, a trend-focused shoe store much beloved in Western Canada, opened its first Toronto location on Friday at Queen and Ossington. Although the soaring two-level space has good-sized clothing sections for men and women, the main draw is the rows upon rows of shoes dominating the main floor. With a wide-ranging portfolio of brands—including a reasonably priced house label as well as Converse, Repetto, Camper, Cacharel and Marni—the footwear selection caters to everyone from the hipster set to fashion-conscious moms and dads and glamour girls looking for night-out heels.
In both Edmonton and Vancouver, Gravity Pope’s shoe and clothing boutiques are separate, but the size of the newly built Toronto space meant they could combine the two into what manager Jody Kirk thinks of as a “mini department store” (the menswear section is to the left of the shoes, while the larger women’s area is upstairs, via a staircase salvaged from a Buenos Aires theatre built in 1934). Unlike the shoes, the clothing has a tighter focus, with brands like Alexander Wang, Cedric Charlier, Comme des Garçons and Paul Smith, and is aimed mainly at trendier shoppers willing to pay for quality.
Gravity Pope, 1010 Queen St. W.,647-748-5155, gravitypope.com