Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.
Spring is in the air, and while the temperatures aren’t as balmy as that nutty week we enjoyed in March, it’s almost safe to put away the winter coat for another year. Spring has sprung, and there’s no better way to step out with bare legs than in a pair of fun sneakers.
And there’s no better place to lace up in style than Top of the World. Their impressive lineup includes Etnies, Emerica, Vans, DC, and plenty more. All displayed like some sacred altar to skate shoes, slipping into a pair can feel a bit like joining an exclusive club. Maybe it’s the tree fort vibe of this iconic shop? Or the fact that it acts as a nexus for all things related to skateboarding, snowboarding, and other hip + urban pursuits?
The Look: Like the basement of your best friend’s cool older brother, it’s hip, a bit dark, and brimming with possibility
Perfect for: Those who plan to spend their summer at the skatepark, on roadtrips, biking around town — and those who just like to inject some of this fun-loving style into their wardrobe.
USP: From details on summer skate camps to videos and events from Top’s own team riders, it’s not only a store but a way to connect with the city’s skateboard scene.
Top of the World, 158 Rideau St., 613-237-4797, www.topoftheworld.com
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