Here's a guide to help you in finding the perfect pair of formal shoes in Singapore to complete the dapper look. Grooms and gents; take note.
When it comes to weddings and fancy dos, most men could use with a little help in the style department – and that’s where we come in. You’ve seen our guide to men’s grooming in Singapore and where to tailor bespoke suits.
Kevin Seah Bespoke
A favourite amongst sartorialist chaps, veteran tailor Kevin Seah is a master of bespoke suits. But that’s not all: his atelier is a stately gentleman’s lair filled with everything a gent needs to look sharp – ties, belts, pocket squares, and top-notch men’s shoes from the likes of Foster & Son, Stefano Bemer, Gaziano & Girling, and Masaru Okuyama. Bonus: Seah also keeps a lofty selection of cigars and whiskeys for his clients to enjoy during fittings. Don Draper would approve.
Kevin Seah Bespoke, 55B/C Boat Quay, Singapore 049844. p. 6532 2018
Ed Et Al Shoemakers
Established in 2010, this local team of shoemakers specialises in high quality handcrafted dress shoes. On top of its bespoke and 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. Take your pick from various styles such as oxfords, loafers, derby shoes, and boots. Take note: stocks run out swiftly here, so be sure to check the availability of the shoes you’re gunning for beforehand.
Ed Et Al Shoemakers, #01-67, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, p. 6337 8919. Open daily 11am-8pm.
Marrying Italian craftsmanship with classic London styling, the name Kurt Geiger is synonymous with sophisticated footwear with an urban edge – not just for ladies, but for men too. Can’t decide which pair would go best with your swish ensemble? You certainly can’t go wrong with KG’s best-selling men shoes like its Alessandro tan loafer shoes, Landon navy flat loafer shoes, and the very masculine-chic Brando Chelsea boots in black.
Kurt Geiger, #B2-117, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. Open Sun-Thu 1030am-11pm, Friday & Sat 1030am-1130pm.
Be it for work, weddings or anything else in between, Pedro is a sartorial godsend for those on a budget. The local label (sister company to Charles & Keith) is a thriving shoe haven that consistently dishes out contemporary footwear with standout designs and emblematic looks, season after season: think lace-up derby shoes, horsebit penny loafers in burnished leather, and colour-block leather boat shoes with denim panelling for the daring dapper dude.
Pedro, various outlets islandwide.
Shoemakers since 1825, Clarks marries British sensibility and style with comfort – making them a brand that should be on every man’s hit list. You could never go wrong with a pair of their lace-ups (stylish and classic to a tee) but if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, check out their modern styles like the slip-loafers in a dapper rust suede.
Clarks, various outlets island-wide.
With outlets in fashion capitals such as Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, Carmina Shoemaker is a must-visit if you’re on a hunt for dress shoes. Whether you’re looking for off-the-shelf or bespoke shoes, Carmina Shoemaker can assist with either. While they too offer the usuals – oxfords, derby, loafers and boots, at Carmina, you can also find shoes made from exotic skins here – brown lizard and chestnut lizard, just to name a few.
Carmina Shoemaker, #01-66, 11 Stamford Road, Singapore 178884, p. 6384 6376
This one’s a no-brainer: since its debut in Singapore in 2003, the Canadian shoe brand has been every man’s (and woman’s) go-to for high quality fashion footwear at accessible prices. Looking for the super classic dress shoes? We certainly like the Carlus and Pancome lace-up oxfords collection. For more contemporary styles, check out the Dobson and Fatino collections.
ALDO, various outlets island-wide.
Pressed for time and already in panic mode? Skip the queues and peruse the shoe collection of Zalora – Sperry, Timberland, and Dr. Martens are just some of the men’s shoe brands you’ll find on this e-tailer. We’ve got our eye on the TOPMAN suedette tassle loafers and Zalora Oxford shoes with brogling details as fun, dressy options.
Zalora, available online.