We are all about supporting Singapore talent and supporting those who love shoes here at Honeycombers, so here is our list of the best Singapore shoe brands you need to know, and will want to buy ...
They say one can never have too many shoes and we completely stand by this notion, no questions asked. And with many locals thriving in the footwear industry, we can’t help but add more to our collection of shoes. We’ve already given you a handy list of the Singapore fashion brands you need to know about, and the local beauty brands to try, so we decided to help you out with a list of the best Singapore shoe brands as well. Knock yourselves out.
What if we told you that height-adjustable heels are available right here in Singapore? We’d be thrilled for sure. Gone are the days of lugging an extra pair of heels to the office or just dreading at the thought of struggling in a beautiful but oh-so-painful pair. The folks behind Gena have created the perfect heel – soft leather all around to prevent blisters, leather and foam padding for extra cushioning, rubber outsoles for better grip and of course, sturdy steel heels that go from nine centimetres to two centimetres in a flick (and tuck). We’re eyeing on these stunning pair of red velvet heels (pictured above).
Gena, We the People #01-42 & #02-57, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596; also available online
The Tui Collection
A label with a zero-waste philosophy is just the kind we love raving about and The Tui Collection hits the mark. Crafted by artisans in Java, the shoes are mostly made from organically dyed skins. Browse through the site and see those pom poms, tassels, flowers and weaving details on the heels? They are created by communities of at-home mothers and widows through workshops organised by the brand.
The Tui Collection, 02-16 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Singapore 259760
Comfort and style are hallmarks of Emblem, the shoe brand that remembers the fundamental reason for shoes – protecting our precious feet. And its collections are anything but boring. With a range of heels, wedges, sandals and flats in classic colours like black and nude to the out-there purple, green and red, you’ll be spending more time picking the right pair of shoes rather than your outfit.
Emblem, available online with free shipping worldwide
We’re going gaga over these leather sandals from Bamboo Lane. Handmade in Bali, its designs are inspired by the island and Singapore (some with fringe details and snakeskin textures). The sandals complement Singapore’s perennial summer style and takes you effortlessly from day to night. We’re packing one of these for our next beach vacation.
Bamboo Lane, available online with free shipping within Singapore
If you’re a major shoe addict, we suggest bringing a friend to control the spending. With over five must-have styles (sandals, heels, flats, wedges, boots and even bridal heels) to choose from, there’s going to be massive shoe storm in your shoe rack.
Gripz, #B2-32, Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018984
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. 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.
Charles & Keith is located at #B3-58, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn and at various locations in Singapore
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!
ORSQ, available online; The Authority, #03-03 Orchardgateway, 218 Orchard Road Singapore 238851
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.
Pedro, #B3-10 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn and various locations in Singapore.
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 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, they also have a whole new range of comfortable and practical sandals too.
The World At Your Feet, available online and at Elohim by Sabrina Goh, #02-14 Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905.
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 uses 100% natural materials for their shoes so as to be a bit more environmentally friendly. Plus, Anothersole also makes kids’ shoes.
Anothersole, Available online
There are a 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 – why not have a pair created especially for you?
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 specially 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, 17A Circular Road (Level 2), Singapore 049373 (by appointment only).
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.
Custom Made, #02-04 82 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048467 (right next door to our Honeycombers HQ!)
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 choose 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.
Ed Et Al Shoemaker, 120A Telok Ayer Street (second floor), appointments are preferred
We all need something to wear with our lovely shoes – especially our bespoke lace-up shoes – right?
Freshly Pressed Socks
If you’re not the kind of person who goes for boring black or white socks, these colourful socks from the local 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 at a reasonable price, so they created their own. A pair of Freshly Pressed Socks only costs $10! So there’s no excuse not to buy heaps and heaps of pairs (they make for great presents too). You can even get a subscription of new socks on a monthly basis if socks are really your thing.
Freshly Pressed Socks, Available online and at various locations including Naiise, Megafash and Kapok.
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