Who needs hours of hunting for the perfect pair when you can craft one to suit your whim, fancy (or oddly shaped feet)!
Shoe obsession, clinically called Carrie Bradshaw syndrome, is a real thing. But you don’t have to be SJP level cray to deserve a custom made pair of shoes. Get a load of these local shoe brands that are upping the game with made-to-order footwear.
Ever bumped into a shoe that’s way too expensive and waaay to uncomfortable? Well, good thing the guys at Toufie are on a mission to custom make shoes that are affordable and hella comfortable. Collaborate with this local label to cook up your dream pair in sizes 36 to 44. For a consult and a fitting, head over to studio at Amk Industrial Park. If you’re a busy bee, book a private sesh at your home or office or call your girlfriends and turn in into a shoe party (yup, it’s a legit thing).
Bespoke shoemaker Josh Leong and Jeremiah from The J.Myers Company are creating flats that are comfortable enough to walk for miles. For sizes 33 to 46, these artisans will handcraft stunning ballet flats to suit your fancy. Like every made-to-order service, you’ll need to make a trip to their conveniently located studio on Circular Road for a fitting. Don’t forget to make an appointment first…
Palola, 17A Circular Road (Level 2), Singapore 049373
You might not be able to choose the design and colour of Gena shoes but you do have the liberty to customise how you wear them. The folks behind the local shoe label have perfected the heel and a way to change its height (say what!). The sturdy steel heels go from nine centimetres to two centimetres in a flick (and tuck). We call that a win!
Gena, We the People #01-42 & #02-57, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596; also available online.
Ed Et Al Shoemakers
Down the road from Honeycombers HQ is a local shoemaking company that’s known for crafting quality dress shoes. All the shoes are handcrafted by shoemakers in Saigon, Vietnam while the colour is hand dyed in Singaporean artisans. You can choose the design, size, colour and shoe shapes of loafers, monk straps, derbys, oxfords and good ol’ boots. Besides their ready to wear range, they recraft and repair shoes too.
Ed Et Al Shoemakers, 120A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068589
One of our neighbours is hell bent of personalising the shoe shopping experience for men. Custom Made on Telok Ayer Street has broken it down to three simple step – design the perfect shoe (from design and colour to toe and sole), get fitted in 15 minutes at the studio and wait six weeks for expert craftspeople to crave you the perfect pair. That’s one way to spend your lunch break…
Custom Made, 82 Telok Ayer St, #02-04, Singapore 048467
Josh Leong Shoemaker Studio
He trained in Italy with master shoemaker Angelo Imperatrice in Florence in over 100 different techniques to create classic, bespoke handmade shoes. Hit up local craftsman Josh Leong for a pair of shoes handcrafted over 70 hours using only premium grade leather from France, Italy and Germany. Make an appointment before you show up at his Circular Road studio at Circular Road for a fitting.
Josh Leong Shoemaker Studio, 17A Circular Road (Level 2), Singapore 049373