A big thank you to everyone who submitted their photos to our Photo Contest over the years – we really appreciate them and enjoy seeing our shoes worn around town and around the world!
2017 Photo Contest is now open and we can’t wait to see this years submissions! This year our prizes are even better. In addition to our regular draws, you also have a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet!
Ready to Enter?? Simply email us your picture to email@example.com, like our Facebook page and send us a private message with your entry, or tweet your photo using the hashtag #gradyphotocontest (tag @gradyshoes). We will retweet your photo to our followers & enter you in the contest. Please include an explanation of where/when the photo was taken and/or why you love them. The footwear can be worn by you or a family member in the photo or artfully displayed.
Everyone who enters will receive:
Instant $10 in-store credit for first entry (one credit per person per year, may not be combined with credits received by other people).
Draw prizes – All eligible entries will be entered for a chance to win a draw prize:
1st Prize – $100 Grady’s Gift Card
2nd Prize – $75 Grady’s Gift Card
3rd Prize – $50 Grady’s Gift Card
Note: Our random draw to win 1 of 3 Grady’s Gift Cards takes place on Jan. 2, 2018.
BONUS – Enter for your chance to win this Samsung Galaxy Tablet!
Our bonus draw winner this year will be picked by our Facebook followers. Here’s how it works:
Grady’s staff will select their 10 favourite photo entries of the year (they LOVE unique and creative photos).
The top 10 entries from the year will be posted in an album on the Grady’s Facebook page during the month of January 2018.
The entry that receives a combination of the most Likes and Comments by midnight on Jan. 31/18 will receive a Free Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ E Lite 8GB Android 4.4 Tablet!
“Had a great time in Cuba rocking my new Viking sandals. So comfortable but bright and fun colours to party all day long!” ~Shelley Moody
“Just loving my four year old and two year old granddaughters new Birkenstocks. They can’t wait for the spring so they can wear them outside. How cute are they!” ~Arlene Kuipers
“My husband loves his Birkenstocks, he hardly ever takes them off, but I think he should get a new pair with a different strap design.” ~Jeanne Peel
“Still waiting on spring but wearing my birks from @gradyshoes makes it seem that much closer” ~Ellen Bond
“My sandals have been taken on many a vacation and feel just as comfortable and supportive as the first time I wore them. Loved the tan ones so much I had to buy the black ones too!” ~Margaret Hughes
*2016 Winner* “As a frequent Grady’s shopper and Birkenstock buyer, I was excited to try the Cobb Hill sandals for my upcoming trip to Morocco. I was there for 15 days in May and couldn’t be happier with their comfort. Ready for lift-off on the dromedary in my Cobb Hill sandals in Morocco. “ ~Pat Maitland
*2016 Winner* “This fall I couldn’t resist getting a pair of Blundstones… I’d only been eyeing them up for a few years! They were my go-to shoe for a trip to the USA, travelling and hiking through several national parks and states. In the course of 2 weeks they walked a lot of kilometres and were covered with dirt from the Grand Canyon, ocean spray from the coast of California and tread the streets of San Fransisco.” ~Katie Roberts
*2016 Winner* “A better shot of my @gradyshoes “faux dragon skin” Birkenstocks while getting my hammock on @royaltonriviera.” ~Jackie Deschenes
“It may feel like 10’C outside but I’m sporting my new Birkenstocks around the office at Trent U.” ~Ashley Gerrits
“Teachers love their Birks! Very comfortable for standing all day. But boy oh boy, bring on summer!” ~Rose Wornoff
“Sitting by the ocean in Cuba enjoying my Finn Comfort sandals.” ~Michelle Anderson
“Family photo in our Birks from Grady’s” ~Angela Ayotte
“Our first camping trip in Brighton Ontario!” ~Eryn Hinds
“Birks are so comfortable, even my cat relaxes with them!” ~Lorna Walden
“Porch day with my Birkenstock’s from Grady’s” ~Ellen Bond
“Enjoying my new “Cobbs” overlooking the Bay of Quinte while Hershey plays fetch.” ~Linda Durant
Colleen Radey sent us this great picture of her Papillio sandals enjoying the spring weather. ~Colleen Radey
“A treat for me! YAY! Got some Blundstone boots thanks to Grady’s. #Inlove” ~Alyssa Heffernan
“Met up with some friends for an Alaskan cruise and we all had the same shoes on!” ~Marg Byer
“This photo was taken in Palm Springs Oct. 2015 on vacation with my 2 sisters and 2 nieces.
We had a blast in our Birks!!” ~Colleen Lentz
“My Cobb Hill boots were so comfy while I caught up with an old friend.” ~Sherry Dumoulin
“Papillio Birkenstock sandals enjoying a weekend at the cottage, feeling light and comfortable while enjoying the warm breezes and looking pretty.” ~Marlene Stamler
“My photo is called “envy”. That’s what happens when only one foot can wear Birks because the other one couldn’t find its pair!
I love these Birks because they are as girly as I am.” ~Cristina Sad
“I took a few pairs of my Grady’s Birks with me to Cuba in March to keep my feet happy!
Thanks Gradys for providing great foot care!” ~Haly Holmes
“I took a few pairs of my Grady’s Birks with me to Cuba in March to keep my feet happy!
Thanks Gradys for providing great foot care!” ~Haly Holmes
“My birks enjoying relaxing on the front porch in Lakehurst! They are my go-to sandal in the summer time and my slip ons in the house during the winter.” ~Michele Buckley
“These are the nicely-shod feet of me and my mom, near the end of a long day at Disney World in late 2015. It really was the happiest place in the world, but oh! It felt good to sit down. “ ~Katherine Carleton
“Only had these Vionic with orthaheel technology slippers for two days, but I am loving them, they are
so comfy and are already conforming to my feet. Thanks for being a great shoe store that is pleasant
to visit.” ~Pam Martino
“Ken and I bought our new “New Balance” walking shoes from Janet before coming to Florida for a couple of months. We’re walking more than a mile in your shoes!!!!
So comfy and lots of support, makes walking to the Blue Jay games even nicer!!” ~Anne & Ken Toms
”I bought my Blunstones on Monday and I am so in love with them. I mainly chose them because I have size 12 feet and it is extremely hard to walk into a store and find my size. Thanks Grady’s for hiring such great staff! Josie and Barb were fantastic.” ~Melissa Coreno
“Camping in the Sahara beyond the 150m dunes of Erg Chebbi, we woke early to capture the sun rising. Afterwards, I continued taking photos, climbing sand dunes for the right perch. I kept sinking into the fine sand and knowing this was a morning and feeling I’d never forget.” ~Pat Maitland
“I’m back from my trip to Laos! It was such an enlightening experience and I’m so happy I was able to be a part of it. Here is a picture of me in my Birkenstocks with an elephant. They are such beautiful and unique creatures and the rehabilitation center that I spent a week on with them was incredible.” ~Patrick Mackey
“I bought by Birkenstocks today from Janet. She was so kind and helpful and made my shopping experience quick and easy. Although the style I wanted was not in my size (having a size 43 the pickings are slimmer ?) Janet brought out a pair that I still loved.” ~Melissa Coreno
“I came into your store about a month ago to try on a pair of the EVA Birkenstock Flip Flops. I tried them on and just didn’t find them that comfy, so I told Lindy what I was looking for and she suggested the Vionic Flip Flops. Well as soon as I put them on my arches went “oh ya!” Thanks Lindy for the suggestion, I just love them and I will be in for another pair for sure.” ~Sarah Hawley
“I just love my CCResorts shoes! They were the best recommendation you could have given to me! They are so comfortable, versatile and have the best stretch for my feet. And so colourful too…they go with anything I wear. I have had so many compliments on them too. Thanks!” ~Cathy Emmons
“This was taken August of 2016 in my daughters front lawn in Peterborough, shortly after my son passed. He wore his birks from spring snow melt to first winter fall! He was far from a poor man but hated breaking in a new pair. We laid him to rest wearing them. We love them because of how much he loved them:)” ~Barbara Dickson
“My husband and I out for a beautiful fall hike in Apsley wearing our Blundstone’s. They are the perfect boots for exploring the woods and trails in! This pic was taken Oct 15th/2016.” ~Melissa Coghlan
“When we had torrential down pours on Aug. 16, I think it was, my EVA Birkenstocks were ideal for that weather too. No need to be concerned about leather and cork getting wet! Can’t go camping without some rain.” ~Laurie Burk
“Here I am, kicking back enjoying our holidays. Since we had such a HOT, DRY summer my new EVA Birkenstocks were ideal for the very dusty campground. When they got too dirty or I was too hot, all I had to do was walk into the water or hose off my feet. Sandals and feet clean & cool at the same time. “ ~Laurie Burk
“Here is a picture of my Olang Sound boots. Great safety features, warm and stylish too.” ~Wendy Bulloch
“Kathy @gradyshoes is a dream! @KatrionaDean & I are digging our matching boots! MERCI!” ~Alison Scholl
“Waiting for the @royaltonriviera sunrise in my @gradyshoes!” ~Jackie Deschenes
“The Eva sandals I purchased last fall enjoyed their 4th trip to Cuba in December!
They’re the first thing I pack for my vacations.” ~Diana Jeffery
“This is me lounging in my Birks over the Christmas holidays.
I wear these all the time. They are so comfortable and your feet
never tire.” ~Joyce Jorgensen
“Walking on the cobbled streets of Antigua, Guatemala in my new Birkenstocks was a whole lot easier than in any other footwear. I’m so glad that I made the trip to Grady’s before my trip!” ~Deb Oxland
“This photo was taken at the Victoria International airport in British Columbia. She had flown last August by herself for the first time to visit her aunt in Victoria.She loves her Birkenstocks and wears them 12 months of the year!! She says they are the perfect travel shoes because they are so comfortable.” ~Linnea Soon
*2015 Winner* “A huge thank you for the VIP tickets to The Kruger Brothers. Is it okay to leave my brand new Birks in the sun to dry? The skies opened up and we sat there for two hours in awe of their amazing talent. So worth a little drenching!” ~Haly Holmes
*2015 Winner* “Our Birkenstocks travelled to Point Pelee Island!! Had a great time!” ~Colleen Brisbin
*2015 Winner* “This picture was taken in September, at our cottage on Aylen Lake, with my beautiful Springer Spaniel, Missy.” ~Carleanne Radey
“My Birks in Buenos Aires!” ~Kayleigh Hindman
“These Naot sandals are fabulous! They make my feet extremely comfortable! This picture was taken mid September 2015 in Thailand.” ~Yasmin Kehret
“Here are my Naot sandals taking in some sun! They are my favourite sandal! I wore them everyday during my trip to Thailand. This picture was taken end of September 2015 in Thailand.” ~Yasmin Kehret
“I really love my Naot sandals and wear them all year long. The young Grady lady who assisted me was more than helpful.” ~Janice Marsden
“Hi Grady Family – here’s a picture of my Blundstones from 2014 on portage in the Barron Canyon (Algonquin Park). Sadly, this was their final ‘field assignment’…’they were a loyal and lively pair, never to complain on any mission.'” ~Scott Seabrook
“I bought these Finn Comfort sandals early this summer at Grady’s and absolutely love them! I have awkward feet and rarely enjoy shopping for shoes, but the saleslady was so patient and knowledgeable. I wore my sandals everywhere during the summer and now wear them in the house as my ‘slippers’. They are SO comfortable!” ~Kay Lace
“Just wanted to send you a picture of the new Arizona EVA water sandals that I purchased at the end of the season – they enjoyed their trip to Varadero, Cuba as much as I did!” ~Diana Jeffery
“An action shot of me in my new Birks. This photo was taken at my daughter’s wedding this past June up in North Bay.” ~Laurie Burk
“These comfortable Infinity boots were also fitted by Barb. She is very helpful and patient. The two zippers make it easy to put them on. This photo was taken in November, 2015 near Trent Canal.” ~Joy Yungblut
“These Finn Gomera sandals feel so great with my orthotics. Thanks to Barb for her help with fitting. The picture was taken in late October, 2015 near Lakefield.” ~Joy Yungblut
“Gotta love a November day when you can wear your Viking sandals to your pedicure appointment!” ~Gidge Tinney
“Putting my feet up at home after a day at work. Cobb Hill boots from Grady’s feel ‘Wonder’ full!” ~Sherry Dumoulin
“I am watching the Blue Jays fifth game of the ALDS at the cottage with my lucky Birks on.” ~Maxine Prentice
“Fall in the backyard.” ~Laurie McLoughlin
“This was take in December 2014. We got married on a beach on the Island of Oahu and then we took our honeymoon on the Pride of America cruise ship which took us around all of the Hawaiian Islands.” ~Julie Connolly
“This photo was taken December 2014. I love my Vionic sandals! I have a black and white pair and I actually got married in the white pair (but no pics, sorry). They are unbelievably comfortable, casual and elegant at the same time.” ~Julie Connolly
“My mom just loves her new boots from Grady’s! She just ventured out into the winter storm and shoveled the driveway so that she could get the car out to go grocery shopping! I snapped this pic when she was coming into the house to get her purse! What a stylish trooper she is in her awesome new Grady’s boots! :)” ~Matt Ruhnke
“My weekends consist of horse shows, cameras and birks. Rain or shine – best summer shoes. Thanks Grady’s!” ~Hilary Howran
“I ONLY wear Grady’s footwear!!!” ~Gary Johnson
“New Birks from Grady’s are breaking in nicely on this beauty Ottawa day overlooking Parliament Canada” ~Ellen Bond
“Wearing my Birks at Fraser Lake purchased at Grady’s – sandals for every season especially summer in cottage country” ~Ellen Bond
“Thank you Grady’s for great shoes….and great music!!!!! Can’t live without either of them!!!” ~Lisa Miles
“I wore my Naots while enjoying the 1000 Island Boat Cruise to Boldt Castle. I love the style and comfort of Naots!” ~Marsha Hiemstra
Debbie Craft submitted the photo below of her husband Roy taken while they enjoyed an awesome European tour. Roy wore his Birkenstocks in 11 different countries while visiting Europe and, including Canada, USA and the Dominican Republic, that means he has now worn them in 14 countries, all pain free! Roy is seen relaxing at their hotel on Lido Island in Venice, Italy.
“My new (dirty) Birkenstocks down at the park! I was having trouble running around the 4-acre Del Crary Park on our 14 hour days, so I must write to tell you, I am so very happy with my new shoes.” ~Tracey Randall
“Stepping into spring with new shoes from Grady’s! Dad’s birthday gift during a nature walk with grandkids.” ~Jenn Gibson
“I’m off to Moncton, NB for my women’s motorcycle riding club’s yearly convention – go Motor Maids! July 7-10. Got my Blundstones on!” ~Wendy
“I am wearing my Birkenstocks while relaxing at home.” ~Joyce Jorgensen
Kellie enjoying Calypso Rose and Kobo Town from the VIP seats at Musicfest after winning tickets through our Facebook contest!
“In this photo I’m wearing my paisley Vikings I got for my birthday in June. I loved hearing the sound of the leaves crunching under them on my walk November 4th, 2015. Thank you Grady’s.” ~Jane Morin
“My brother in law Jeff Boyle took his new Blundstones on their first outing this morning……guess where?” ~Dr. Catherine Owens
“Caleigh Boyle’s inaugural Blundstone trip to Owens Chiropractic!” ~Dr. Catherine Owens
“My Arizona Birks on a holiday cruise of the Caribbean. This pic was taken on the island of St. Maartin. I own Birks in various styles and have worn them for almost 20 years. I don’t leave home without them!” ~Brenda Dulmage
“Here’s my Birks on holiday at EPCOT. I NEVER leave home without them!” ~Brenda Dulmage
“My daughter Amelia wearing her Daddy’s Birkenstocks from Grady’s that were freshly resealed last week. Getting ready to go out and get groceries.” ~Ashley Merlin
“Just took a fun moment while gardening. The black police issued boots in 1966 and the steel toed work boots my son and I shared in the 1980’s for our tree chopping, pond building, etc days have been in the garden for many years. Meanwhile I was wearing my 10 year old Birks that have travelled with me on many vacations, work days, house days as well as working in the garden.” ~Linda Durant
“I packed away my boots and am now relaxing in my sandals. I only wear Birks! They are great for support, help my back and are very comfortable!” ~Angie Drummond
*2014 Winner* “Layney, age 11, wears her Blundstones everyday. She rocks them with everything….jeans, shorts and skirts. She loves her boots and recommends them every chance she gets. This photo was taken June 2014 at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls.” ~McGee Family
Chantel sent us this picture of her adorable cat Ellie making good use of the box from her new Blundstones
Carleanne took this picture of her Birks one October afternoon in Marmora
“My Birkenstocks cushioned my feet with lots of walking and sight seeing in Alberta” ~Rose Harrison
“I was wearing Birks while visiting a remote village in Greenland. They were also worn at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. It was a great experience and the Birks were comfortable on the rugged terrain.” ~Sondra Hoard
Somehow Rob was able to snap a picture of his Birks at the cottage with his new friend!
Rob Rupay enjoying his sandals on the beach in the Dominican Republic.
Linda sent in this picture of her Cobb Hill sandals in Algonquin Park. Linda also mentioned she’s enjoyed her sandals “on our trips across the Atlantic (England to Florida) across the Pacific (to Hawaii and back) as well as every day life!” ~Linda Durant
Jen Sanderson enjoying her Muck boots this past spring.
Sally enjoying her new sandals on a Celebrity Cruise.
“I am keeping my feet warm this winter with socks from Avant-Garden and my slippers from Grady’s – Vionic slippers with Orthaheel. A great combination!” ~Donna Gilpin
Pat Foskett keeping her feet cozy in her new red Glerups.
“Just back from a warm week at Cayo Santa Maria Cuba. Wore these everywhere and, sitting to watch the sunset ceremony one evening, could not help but notice the great flower imprint that the shoes made in the sand. Delightful!” ~Ann Knop
*2013 Winner* “I was on vacation in beautiful Bonaire this winter with two pairs of Grady’s sandals – my old faithful Arizona Birks and my beautiful new colourful ones. I staged this on a beach where there were some amazing sail-surfers.” ~Tracy Galvin
“I was on vacation in beautiful Bonaire this winter with two pairs of Grady’s sandals – my old faithful Arizona Birks and my beautiful new colourful ones. Some rather large human-friendly iguanas got a little too friendly at a picnic spot we’d stopped at. I lifted my foot rather than get it bit! Luckily he didn’t like my sandal as much as I do!” ~Tracy Galvin
“I was in Jamaica at the Grand Bahia Principe in April and took this picture of my shoes for your travel photo file. These Vikings from Grady’s are quite a few years old but they are so comfortable I take them on all my trips south. I hope they never wear out.” ~Sandra Black
“I bought these last year and I wear them year round… cool weather… throw a pair of cozy matching barn socks on and ready to go! Once winter hits… they are my inside shoes that get me through the day! This picture was taken October 10 while recuperating from pneumonia. . Love to live in my papillio Birks!” ~Tina Lalingo
“My good old Sauconys traveled with me for a lathe and plaster reno at my brother’s new ‘old’ home on beautiful Georgian Bay. He told me to wear comfortable shoes as we’d be on our feet all weekend. The choice was easy, if it had to be comfortable, it had to be my good old Sauconys. I must admit that they looked even worst the second day and I am really glad to say that I have since popped in the store and picked up a new pair. Lucky me – they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn!” ~Cheryl Kimball
“This was taken at the cottage in Apsley this summer with the deer.” ~Lorna Walden
“I bought these shoes in the fall and wore them when we went to New Zealand in February/March for my daughter’s wedding. Just before we got on the plane to go home we stopped at the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch.” ~Julie Connolly
“I originally bought my Cobb Hill sandals for work, as I work as an educational assistant and needed sandals that were comfortable and practical, yet professional and stylish as well. My new sandals had all that. In this picture I was at Canada’s Wonderland, where I walked around in them for 12 hours. Normally my feet would be killing me by 1/2 way through the day, but even by the end of the day my feet were not sore at all! Definitely worth every penny! Love them!” ~Amanda Scott
“My daughter is not actually wearing them at the time of the photo…but we wanted to make sure they were in the picture as we bought these for her Grad 8 graduation gift, and she wore them the very next day after the ceremony as we left on our RV trip up to Bruce Peninsula and area. This photo was taken on Sauble beach, one of our many stops.” ~Lisa Hartjes
“My Taos sandals made for a comfortable day of walking at the Toronto Redpath Tall Ships 2013 event yesterday June 20th. Wonderful day, beautiful ships, perfect weather, a whole day spent with our daughter, and comfy shoes. What more could one ask!! We walked continually from arrival at Union Station at 11:40 a.m. til departure at 7:15 p.m. Only stopped for two food breaks. I am coming to Peterborough to get my 2nd pair of these wonderful sandals for my birthday next month. Love them!” ~Ann Knop
Trisha Hollandy from Energy 99.7/Country 105 in her 1st pair of Birkenstocks that she purchased during her Live on Location!
Bill and Lynda Coons taken in Santorini Greece. Lynda is wearing her new Naot sandals which were perfect for their 45th wedding anniversary cruise!
Donna Gilpin enjoying her Cobb Hill sandals in Millennium Park!
Karin Robinson who said her Finn Comfort shoes are perfect for walking to her favourite pub, The Black Horse in downtown Peterborough!