Capri, 695 Queen West, 416-364-4801 Rating: NNNNN
Worn out flip flops and sweaty sneakers just won't do when you're crossing your legs at one of Toronto's style-conscious summer patios. Capri owners Brian Kehoe and Stephen Wale Oladokun say the key to walking pretty is investing in a pair that matches fashion with the required does of durability to survive pounding city pavement, and their Queen and Bathurst shoe store is full of hearty options.
There's not a bad looker in their bunch of Italian-made, low-profile men's sandals and wood-bead-embellished women's wedges by labels like Giorgia Galassi , Paco Gil and Shoto by Medori . Those names aren't as familiar as big designer labels, but that just means you get to pay less for equally high quality and design.
Well-finished leather handbags (mostly by Dutch company H.J. De Rooy ) top up the stock and let you travel our Canuck concrete jungle in easy Euro style. Capri picks: Vamp it up in Giorgia Galassi's silver T-strap sandal, $298; Paco Gil's brown open-toe wedge, punctuated with a leather starburst, $289; a square-toed mock croc loafer, a light, driving-shoe style, $350.
Look for: Under-counter curios that include stylish watches and a new summer sneak shipment arriving this week.
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.