Put Your Best Foot Forward With Ketch (Win!)

September 21, 2021

It’s fall and, naturally, our thoughts are turning to footwear! Based in Vancouver, Ketch is the newest chapter for the family-run footwear distributor, Global Shoe Connection. Born out of the desire to bring GSC’s brands to the masses, Ketch is a direct-to-consumer shoe retailer that provides exclusive access to a carefully curated selection of well-loved international brands like Django & Juliette, Miz Mooz and Vionic. Buying shoes online should be easy and fun and Ketch wants to help you put your best foot forward! We chatted with co-founder Keely Holt about Ketch, and all things fall/winter shoes! —Noa Nichol

Hello Keely! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start.

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I moved to Vancouver thinking I’d be here for maybe six months. Fifteen years later I’m still here and loving the West Coast. I inherited my affection for shoes from my mom and it’s just always been something I’ve been passionate about. Something about the joy it brings to people when they find a pair they just love. I’ve always felt most comfortable expressing my personal style, in my footwear.

When and why did you launch Ketch Shoes? What niche were you aiming to fill?

Ketch Shoes is still pretty new and just celebrated its one-year anniversary! I was lucky enough to join Global Shoe Connection, a seasoned Canadian shoe distribution business, in 2010 and concepted the idea of Ketch with director Donna Bernstein a few years ago. The idea really came about as a way to share all of our beautiful brands in one place online, together, as a story. Our brands are from all over the world and offer a uniqueness you can’t find just anywhere, and we wanted to share it.

What services/products do you currently offer, and what makes these unique?

In developing Ketch, we realized that one of our main strengths is that we absolutely love connecting people with the best footwear for them. Recognizing that it’s a really tough thing to buy online, we wanted to be able to share our knowledge of shoes and the brands we work with to help people find styles that will fit, look great and be comfortable. All of the brands we carry tend to be a combination of on-trend and comfortable and suit a really broad range of customers.

How does Ketch make shoe-shopping easy and FUN!?

Our goal is to be accessible to our customers throughout the shoe-buying journey. We encourage people to ask us all the questions they have on fit, while we ask them the important questions about their needs. We understand that all feet are unique and not all shoes fit the same. We want you to love your purchase and maybe learn a little something about shoes along the way. We also try to make things less stressful by offering free returns.

Among the brands available, what are some of the most popular?

That’s a tough question! We have such a wide array of styles, and each brand has its strengths, but I can say that Bueno is starting to lead the charge in popularity. Spring brings colourful soft strappy leather sandals and cushioned footbeds (we don’t skimp on comfort or style) and fall is all about rugged leathers and sturdy soles, always with a detail that sets them apart. Django + Juliette is an up-and-coming brand from Australia that has some really edgy styles we haven’t seen before. They like to mix it up with texture and pattern but in a way that’s not overwhelming.

What are some of the top styles/trends you’re seeing in footwear for fall?

We’re seeing a lot of chunky soles, whether it’s on loafers, booties or tall boots. And florals! Beautiful vintage floral prints on shoes and boots. Whatever the case, it’s all about comfort these days, shoes you can wear with just about anything and we’re 100 per cent here for it.

Among all the options on Ketch, what pair will you personally be rocking on repeat in the coming months?

Chelsea boots will never go out of style in my books, I just can’t have enough pairs. And this year it’s all about that chunky lug sole and I’m into it. My newest loves are my black patent Chelseas by Miz Mooz.

Win! A $250 Ketch Shoes Voucher!

Congrats Bonnie S. of Chilliwack, B.C., who will receive a $250 voucher from Ketch Shoes! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Amber olak

    September 22nd, 2021 at 9:31 am



  2. Shelley N

    September 22nd, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Boots was my answer as they are comfortable and stylish. @schnitzelbran30

  3. Sandra J Lebeau

    September 22nd, 2021 at 10:07 am

    I like lots of kinds it depends what I’m wearing and where I’m going and what I’m doing.

  4. Florence Cochrane

    September 22nd, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Love a flat shoe or boots. @fossie55

  5. Debora Miscione

    September 22nd, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    I like shoes or boots that are stylish, comfortable, and come in a wide fit.

  6. Thérèse De Bellefeuille

    September 22nd, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    like shoes or boots that are stylish, comfortable

  7. Gilles Bernatchez

    September 22nd, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    like shoes or boots that are stylish, comfortable

  8. Nicole

    September 22nd, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Flats are my favourite!!


  9. Rachel

    September 22nd, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    I boots

  10. Catrina Lyttle

    September 22nd, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Cute ballet flats

  11. pnina

    September 22nd, 2021 at 3:56 pm


  12. Chantale

    September 22nd, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Les bottes sont mon style préféré @fleurbleue333

  13. Chantale Lebreux

    September 22nd, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Les bottes ! @fleurbleue333

  14. MaryM

    September 22nd, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Love ankle boots! @maryandcedar

  15. Shivani

    September 22nd, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    I love a good pair of well fitting (around the calves area) knee high boots (which seem hard to find for thin calves)

  16. Christina

    September 22nd, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Comfy shoes!


  17. Nicole G

    September 23rd, 2021 at 3:49 am

    A wedge bootie is my favourite shoe style. I wear them all the time.

  18. Suzie B

    September 23rd, 2021 at 4:25 am

    I like ballet style flats


  19. Moira

    September 23rd, 2021 at 6:19 am

    The Derby Floral @moirawaltonparker

  20. Emily B

    September 23rd, 2021 at 7:15 am

    I love ankle boots. The Parish boots remind me of some boots I had in high school, I love them! @emilyisland

  21. Rachel C.

    September 23rd, 2021 at 7:49 am

    ballet flats!


  22. Velma Sandry

    September 23rd, 2021 at 11:42 am

    A great pair of flats and and a fabulous pair of boots are my must haves. These Parish boots are delicious!

  23. tammy harrison

    September 23rd, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Boots for me

  24. Monique L.S.

    September 23rd, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    I like loafers.
    Instagram @minty_mo2020

  25. Dorthy Stephens

    September 24th, 2021 at 4:54 am

    I love funky stylish walking shoes.
    I do love these floral boots!!

  26. Kerry

    September 24th, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Sandals or ankle boots

  27. Janice Balboa

    September 24th, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Mom of 2. I love ballet flats, sneakers and a good quality winter boots.

  28. Janet M

    September 24th, 2021 at 10:32 am

    II like shoes with neutral soles and closed toes.

  29. Jan

    September 25th, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Love comfy casual with a pop of colour @jan_leeu

  30. Shirley O

    September 26th, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I love all shoes but if I had to choose one style it would be a flat boot or shoe. @shirleyoflynn

  31. Kim P.

    September 26th, 2021 at 9:34 am

    There are so many I love, but I choose Grover Bootie

  32. Marilyn

    September 26th, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    I like a slip on shoe with an inch heel

  33. Lillian. Brown

    September 26th, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    I like a comfortable loafer style shoe on ig lillianmb23

  34. Chelsie Hirsch

    September 27th, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Mid calf boots! @noodleball

  35. Sheh

    September 28th, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Chelsea bootie

  36. Xu Liang Li

    September 28th, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Any boots! @liangliangcanada

  37. Ming K

    September 28th, 2021 at 7:23 pm


  38. Kimberley C

    September 28th, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Ankle boots! @kimmiecapp

  39. Yung L

    September 28th, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Mary Janes

  40. Tiesha Dorleans

    September 29th, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Sneakers. @SweetTD93

  41. Michelle

    September 29th, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    I love mules 🙂


  42. Deim

    September 29th, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    I loooove boots! Tall boots, short boots, combat boots!


    North Vancouver ❤️

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