Poppy Barley



Poppy Barley could not have reached out to me about their made-to-measure footwear at a better time. I’d just returned from a conference where some errant cream puff filling had left my lone pair of knee-high boots stained beyond redemption.

The premise behind Poppy Barley is you design, you measure, we deliver. By creating made-to-measure footwear you’re guaranteed to have a great fit – and if you don’t they’ll go back and remake them! I was intrigued and all in.




About a week later their measuring kit showed up in the mail. Inside was a measuring tape, a foot measuring guide, and a selection of leather swatches. I got right to work figuring out numbers for all facets of my lower legs and feet with the tools Poppy Barley had given me, and entering all of that info into their site where I had already decided on the Uptown Boot. I went with Kaki on Kaki coloring because I believe a good medium brown boot can go with just about everything.




When my boots showed up several weeks later (as is to be expected with custom-make shoes) I was ecstatic. As I opened the box and removed the cloth bag containing my new footwear the warm scent of leather greeted me. I immediately took one out, slipped my foot inside, and zipped it up. Like butter doesn’t even do the experience justice – these bad boys fit like a glove.




They have the perfect amount of room in the calves, which is always my problem area when it comes to buying boots. They’re also the perfect height for this 5’2″ girl. My Poppy Barley boots really do look and feel like they were make just for me.

Through March 31st receive $50 off your own pair of made-to-measure Poppy Barley boots!



Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for this post. As always all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

Photography: Caroline Cohenour

  • Katherine

    March 21, 2014 at 11:03 am Reply

    Wow those are some expensive boots!

  • pamela marriott

    March 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm Reply

    when you measured for calf did you wear pants as well and measure over the pants incase you want to wear skinny pants of leggings inside the boots.

    • Kelly

      March 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm Reply

      no, just my bare leg. there is room built in for skinny jeans or leggings.

  • Susan Brinson

    March 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm Reply

    Those are awesome. Every woman needs a great pair of boots. I can’t buy higher boots cause I can never find the perfect combo of shoe/calf/ankle size. It’s awesome a company is thinking about this! Sending to my sister…

    • Kelly

      March 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm Reply

      seriously, the best fitting boots i’ve ever owned. not to mention the great styles available. i can’t wait to see the direction they take with future products.

  • Heather

    March 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Whuuut?? This is awesome! My sister directed me to your post and I’m all over these boots. At 5’4″ with not so skinny calves these would be a worthwhile investment for a wardrobe foundation piece. Thanks for the discount code!

    • Kelly

      March 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm Reply

      totally! i’m in the same boat and was thrilled to hear someone was taking the initiative to create something custom. i plan on having them for years to come.

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