We are all about supporting Singapore talent and supporting those who love shoes here at Honeycombers, so here is our list of the x best Singapore shoe brands you need to know, and will want to buy ...
I am a total shoe tragic. I once worked out that I could wear a pair of sneakers every day for six months without ever doubling up … and that was only my sneaker collection! So yes, shoes are one of the things I spend a lot of money on, which is why if I’m going to be spending cash, I also like to #supportlocal and buy Singapore shoe brands.
We’ve already given you a handy list of the best new Singapore fashion brands you need to know about, and the top Singapore beauty brands to try, so we decided to help you out with a list of the best Singapore shoes brands as well.
The original Singapore shoe brand Charles & Keith
Not everyone knows, or remembers, that shoe, bag and accessory brand Charles & Keith is from Singapore. Two brothers – Charles and Keith Wong – opened the first namesake store in 1996, there are now over 350 stores around the world. The brand is best known for ‘fast fashion’ shoe and bag designs. If there’s a shoe trend out there, you’ll be able to find an affordable version in a Charles & Keith store or online. Prices are very affordable and the shoes last better than you’d expect from a chain store brand.
Singapore’s very own sneaker brand ORSQ
A product of Singaporean entrepreneur-designer Orsqr, ORSQ is a contemporary shoe label that focuses on the latest sneaker trends. ORSQ’s sneakers are highly sought after in Singapore; just check out the massive queues at its launches on its Instagram page! ORSQ’s signature white slip-on shoes are not only easy to wear, but match well with all sorts of outfits – which is perfect if you’re looking for athleisure-footwear with both comfort and versatility!
Singapore’s classic shoe brand Pedro
Not many people are aware that Pedro is actually an offshoot of Charles & Keith. It’s the more classic, slightly more luxe version of the original brand and offers the types of shoes that are great for non-fashion people or if you’re looking for something more classic. The prices are also quite affordable too, and Pedro does really great timeless shoe styles for women, men and kids. Like Charles & Keith, Pedro has also spread around the world, there are more than 93 outlets in countries like China and Indonesia but also as far away as Qatar and Morocco.
Vegan shoes from Singapore brand The World At Your Feet
If you’re concerned about wearing leather on your feet, Singapore brand The World At Your Feet can help you out with its vegan shoes. The brand is still relatively new but it has steadily been collecting fans, naturally from people concerned about being vegan but also from Singapore’s hipster crowd who are really into the whole #supportlocal concept. While the brand launched with cute unisex loafers embellished with a mag of the globe, the most recent collection included a whole new range of comfortable and practical sandals too.
The World At Your Feet shoes are available from Naiise stores including the one at Orchard Gateway, #02-02/24, 277 Orchard Road. For the complete list of stockists, go to www.theworldatyourfeet.co/stockists. You can also shop the shoes online at www.theworldatyourfeet.co.
Shoes that feel good on your feet & for your soul from Anothersole
Anothersole is a Singapore shoe brand that creates soft, comfortable shoes – a bit like tap or dance shoes – but also has a community responsibility angle: part of the money for each pair of Anothersole shoes goes towards feeding a child who would otherwise go hungry. The brand also using 100% natural materials for their shoes so as to be a bit more environmentally friendly. Plus the brand also makes kids’ shoes. We’re loving the current frosted pastel colours available now too.
Anothersole shoes are available to buy online at sg.anothersole.com.
There are number of bespoke shoemakers in Singapore but most of them are focused on creating handmade shoes for men. If you’re a woman who loves a nice flat shoe – of if you have difficulty finding shoes to fit you – then why not have a pair created especially for you?
Bespoke shoemaker Josh Leong
Josh Leong is a craftsman who trained in Italy with Italian master shoemaker Angelo Imperatrice in Florence in over 100 different techniques to create classic, bespoke handmade shoes. You can have him create you a pair of shoes from his ‘made-to-order’ catalogue for $1,900, or if you want something different you can enjoy the entire experience of having a pair of shoes especially made for you from $3,500. You will need to visit Josh’s studio at Circular Road to get your shoes made, but make an appointment first, the first fitting will take about an hour.
Josh Leong Shoemaker Studio is located at 17A Circular Road (Level 2). Open: Monday to Saturday, 12pm-7.30pm, the last appointment at 7.30pm. You can email the studio at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to www.joshleongshoes.com.
Custom Made shoes by Donovan
Founded by Singapore shoe lover, Donovan, Custom Made bespoke shoes offer classic dress shoes for a very reasonable price; it’s all about cutting out the ‘middle-men’ apparently. This is the place to find a really wide variety of coloured leathers and other customisations if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd in your handmade shoes. The brand also has a comprehensive step-by-step customisation guide to help you understand the process before committing to it. You will need to make an appointment to get your hands on a pair of ‘custom made’ shoes. Read more about the brand in our story about cool Singapore homewares and lifestyle brands (including shoes).
Custom Made, is currently moving to a new location (ironically right next door to our Honeycombers HQ!) at 82 Telok Ayer Street #02-04, but you can still contact them via email at email@example.com to organise an appointment.
Ready-to-wear and handmade bespoke shoes from Ed Et Al
Singapore designer Edwin Neo’s brand Ed Et Al started out only creating bespoke shoes in 2010. Since then the brand has developed into a Made To Order brand that provides a customisation service so you can chose the design, colours, toe shape, width and sizes. Although all the design work is done in Singapore, the shoes are made by master craftsmen in Vietnam. You can also get your precious shoes repaired at Ed Et Al, they specialise in Goodyear Welted repairs too.
We all need something to wear with our lovely shoes – especially our bespoke lace-up shoes – right?
Get the best shoe accessories from Freshly Pressed Socks
If you’re not the kind of person who goes for boring black or white socks, or someone who needs to wear a uniform of suit and tie, these colourful socks from Singapore brand Freshly Pressed Socks are sure to make you happy. The brand was created by a group of friends who were tired of looking for fun, well-made socks for a reasonable price, so they created their own. A pair of Freshly Pressed Socks only cost $10! So there’s no excuse not to by heaps and heaps of pairs (they make great presents too). You can even get a subscription of new socks on a monthly basis is socks are really your thing.
Freshly Pressed Socks are available from Naiise stores and a number of other outlets. Go to www.freshlypressedsocks.com/stockists for the complete list. You can also shop the socks online at www.freshlypressedsocks.com.
Like this story about Singapore brands? Read our stories on the latest Singapore fashion brands you need to know about, and five fantastic Singapore beauty and skincare brands; if interior decor is more your thing, read about these Singapore homeware, accessories and lifestyle brands.