Since first opening in 1998, Heel Boy has become a Canadian go-to for stylish boots and shoes. With two locations in Kingston and downtown Toronto, they offer exclusive styles and brands that are not found anywhere else in Canada.
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We discuss shoes and boots with Kyla Carmody, store manager for the Heel Boy Kingston boutique and founder of luxury knitwear brand CARMODY.
Tell us a little about your store!
Heel Boy has been proudly serving customers for over 20 years. As a Canadian small business we strive to bring our customers a carefully curated selection styles that can’t always be found at big box stores. We put a strong focus on Canadian brands which is one of the reasons we love Cougar!
I have worked at Heel Boy since 2011, throughout my undergraduate career at Queen’s University studying Art History and then completing my Master’s at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. I'm also building my own namesake brand, CARMODY, a luxury knitwear line. Heel Boy has always been a extremely supportive and creative space.
Why did you decide to go into the shoe retail business?
Being extremely interested in the fashion industry, Heel Boy has always been a space for me to thrive and be a part of a fashion community in a smaller city like Kingston. Heel Boy is a space of amazing women and men who are passionate about customer service and helping each customer find the perfect pair of shoes or accessory that will make them feel amazing.
What shoe trends are hot this season?
Fashionable winter boots! Cougar makes amazingly chic boots that are also waterproof and have cold weather ratings. You no longer have to have clunky, heavy and not cute winter boots. You can stay warm while also looking chic and fashionable!
What are your favourite pair of shoes, and why do you like them so much?
The Frye Engineer 12R! They’re stylish, very comfortable and being bench crafted in the USA they are made to last. I’ve had them for over five years and they still look brand new. I wear these in the spring, fall and winter months on milder days.
What makes shopping at Heel Boy different and unique?
We strive to bring customers the best selection of footwear and to provide a welcoming and inclusive shopping experience for all. Our knowledgeable staff can help you solve even the trickiest shoe dilemma!
We search high and low to bring customers a thoughtfully curated selection of quality fashionable styles for every occasion and lifestyle. We have a large selection of Canadian brands, including Cougar, and we are passionate about supporting other small businesses, emerging fashion brands and our Canadian and local economy.
With two locations in Kingston and downtown Toronto, Heel Boy is the place to check out for the hottest women's boots and shoes of the season.
Photos courtesy of Heel Boy.