Singaporean shoe brands to know besides Charles & Keith: Bern, Another Sole, Maeso, and more
One step ahead
If you're looking for the future of Singaporean fashion, you may want to look down — at your toes. Over the last decade, local footwear brands have slowly grown into some of the island's most promising fashion companies. Charles & Keith is far from the only shoe brand founded in Singapore; below, a selection of Singapore's most exciting footwear players.
Charles & Keith
This homegrown, LVMH-affiliated accessories brand is aggressively expanding beyond Asian shores. C&K recently provided footwear for Molly Goddard's SS19 runway show, and its first celebrity campaign — released last month — was fronted by Hailey Bieber.
As evidenced by their name, Play-Mei’s designs are anything but boring. Their offerings come with heavy doses of unique embellishments and embroidered details. Yes, they're all handmade.
Frustrated with the lack of quality footwear that is high on pizzazz, Singaporean siblings Clara and Michelle Han set up Oleah. Designed locally and built by craftsmen in Spain, each pair features an extra thick memory foam insole and wider toe box for added comfort.
Lotte de Vlaming, a former HR consultant and recruiter, had difficulties coming across good leather sandals in Singapore. This spurred her to start Bamboo Lane, a brand that specialises in this specific style, handmade in Bali.
The folks at Toufie (pronounced too-fee) are here to prove that well-crafted custom-made shoes need not break the bank. The brand also prides itself on timeless, practical designs that are sustainably created, all of which come in an expanded size range, from EU 34 to 44.
Crafted in Italy and Spain, Bern's leather men's shoes and heels are resolutely dressy, with the odd quirky twist to keep clients on their toes.
This brand's soft-leather shoes are designed for flat-packing during travel, and clock in at a super-lean 280 grams in weight.
Teresa Chong's gentlemen's shoe brand works offers both bespoke and ready-to-wear pieces. Chong searched far and wide (mostly in China, Vietnam, and Spain) for skilled shoemakers to work with before finding her perfect match in Portugal.
"Maeso's smart, vegetable-tanned leather loafers are just as classic as they are comfortable," said Fashion & Beauty Editor Jolene Khor after she wore her pair from 9am to 9pm.