If you use social media then you have seen Vessi, makers of Waterproof footwear. A successful online campaign helped build the brand, which, In turn, that led to their first retail store in Burnaby BC. Fast forward to Nov 9, 2023 when they opened their second store, located at Square One in Mississauga. They have taken over the old Geox space and hired Toronto artist Adrian Forrow to design and paint a water-inspired mural. I like that they want to achieve a Toronto flavour and work with locals.
Make it all waterproof
What started out with a line of sneakers and a Chelsea boot, has now expanded to a larger line of footwear and accessories. They have added a hooded jacket, fleece lined gloves, an all weather beanie. Of course, there is also. acompact little belt bag, all waterproof, of course. I have been told that there are plans to expand the outerwear along with the shoe line in the coming year.
I already own three pairs of Vessi shoes and never shut up about them.
My personal haul includes the black/white Weekend Chelsea Boots and black/white and white Soho sneakers, all bought online. The Weekend Chelsea was my pick for fave boot for last year’s roundup. I can walk 15+km a day without a blister or any foot pain, obviously making it a great travel shoe.
I was so happy to finally be able to see the shoes in person and try on some different styles. It was also great to be able to see new items like the rain jacket, belt bag and gloves. They cater to the whole family – men, women, kids and everyone in between.
Huge thanks to Vessi who gifted me a pair of their new Alta High Top. It combines the look of a classic high-top sneaker that can function as a winter boot. It’s lined, waterproof and is as light a feather. It’s got a great grippy sole that can handle our slush and snow and will be the perfect boot for scooting. This shoe combines vegan leather with its signature knit fabric for a really polished look. I also grabbed the fleece lined, waterproof gloves with touch fingers. Again, it’s all about staying warm while I scoot in the cold. I have my eye on the waterproof belt bag which is quite roomy, despite its compact size.