Be it online or offline, custom made or bespoke, here's where to find stylish formal footwear.
We love a man in a plain white T-shirt and rugged jeans, but we’re going to come out and say it. There’s just something about a gent dressed to the nines. You know exactly what we’re talking about: Immaculately groomed coifs, impeccable suits and, of course, a musky scent to boot. The only thing left to keep you looking sharp? A fine pair of shoes. We know shopping for men’s footwear isn’t a walk in the park, so here’s our guide to the top stores for dress shoes.
Best brands for men’s dress shoes
This bespoke shoe brand has been garnering attention from celebrities in Singapore and beyond. It’s based here, but the quality leather shoes are curated by top designers and handcrafted by meticulous craftsmen in Seoul. Be it classic oxfords and brogues or semi-formal footwear like colourful moccasins and fashion boots, Diamond Walker provides full customisations with made-to-measure services at affordable charges. It’ll match any occasion, mood and style.
Diamond Walker, #04-03, Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
Since arriving here in 2003, the trendy shoe brand has earned a good rep amongst stylish gents for its high quality fashion footwear at accessible prices. With outlets across 60 countries including big fashion cities like London, New York and Milan, it’ll no doubt help you find a pair of shoes to rock your gentleman’s look. Classic dress shoes are easily available – think smart derby kicks, traditional brogues and leather loafers.
Aldo, multiple locations including Ion Orchard and Bugis Junction
From Singapore to Cambodia to Morocco, Pedro is a thriving shoe haven with more than 50 stores around the world. Collection after collection, the brand constantly dishes out contemporary footwear for men with standout designs and emblematic looks. Take your pick from lace-ups, brogues, oxfords and two-toned leather derby shoes.
Pedro, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura and Suntec City
Ed Et Al Shoemakers
Established in 2010, this homegrown shoemaking company specialises in high quality handcrafted men’s dress shoes. On top of its made-to-order services, Ed Et Al Shoemakers also offers a range of ready-to-wear artisanal footwear at its flagship retail shop and online store. You can find various types of shoes like oxfords, loafers, derby shoes and boots here. But do note that stocks run out swiftly, so be sure to get in touch with these folks to check on the availability of the shoes you’re gunning for.
Ed Et Al Shoemakers, 120A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068589
On Pedder Men at Pedder on Scotts
The multi-label shoe behemoth is our top spot for shoe shopping when in town. Not just a place for ladies to get their kick fix, Pedder on Scotts is also home to On Pedder Men: A haven of luxe shoes. Think hyped sneakers, oxfords, leather slippers and more, featuring exclusive brands like Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Maison Kitsune and Yohji Yamamoto.
On Pedder Men at Pedder on Scotts, #02-03, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
Founded by local shoe aficionado Donovan, CustomMade is the go-to place for men’s bespoke shoes. No middleman involved in the selling process means the store is able to offer quality creations for a fraction of the cost of your average dress shoe. Also, with the use of premium genuine leather and a huge variety of colour and customisation options to choose from, you can definitely expect the finest quality of shoes here.
CustomMade, #03-04, Chinatown Complex, 101 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068574
Why & Co.
With over 60 years of experience in crafting shoes, the homegrown brand showcases its individuality by hand-painting every shoe, which takes more than 70 hours to do. So, chances are, you won’t find two pairs that look exactly the same. Expect style and durability in every step – be it oxfords, derbys or loafers – because Why & Co. sources its leather from French tanneries.
Why & Co., #02-92, International Plaza, 10 Anson Road, Singapore 079903
Gaius Walks is run by a group of females who want to up the style factor of men in Singapore. All the men’s dress shoes go through a meticulous process, which includes handpicking leather, using a cement construction for the soles, and hand burnishing each shoe for a shiny finish. The best part? You don’t have to break the bank for a pair. Ditching the typical business model, which entails exorbitant markups, Gaius Walks works directly with producers. Whether you’re a narrow fit or a wide fit, you can find the perfect pair from its wide range of dress shoes. Alternatively, get a personalised experience by making an appointment to visit the store.
Gaius Walks, #03-07, 1093 Lower Delta Road, Singapore 169204