Native Shoes (founded in 2009 by Damien van Zyll de Jong), the shoe brand known for beast-free lightweight footwear, took a giant leap by opening its inaugural standalone branded store this month.  The store located in its native Vancouver can be specifically found in the historic Gastown neighborhood (14 Water Street, to be exact).  The space was recently vacated by local eco-designer Nicole Bridger.

The Native Shoes brand caters to men, women and children so the store will have variety for the whole family.  As a reminder, Native is primarily known for its perforated sneakers in sumptuous colors.  Its shoes are mostly made from a very lightweight material called ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA which is shock-absorbent, waterproof, and odor-resistant.

The sustainable and cleanly minimalist shop pulls inspiration from the founder’s west Canadian roots so you will find a lot of natural wood, earthy accents and a monolithic moss wall sourced from the forests surrounding Vancouver.  The shop will also feature a large-scale gumball machine to showcase the brand’s Jefferson shoe which is a fan-favorite molded cap-toe sneaker that comes in a rainbow of colors.  The shop will also serve as a venue for pop-up collaborations with artists and a variety of other creatives from far and near.

Also currently on display is the brand’s product lineup from its fall collection accentuated by very recent launches like the water-resistant Treklite boot collection and Monaco Velcro for kids.  Shop Native Shoes here ..

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