Local Shoe Brands To Make You Feel More Patriotic This National Day
In recent years, the hashtag #supportlocal has been more relevant than ever, as more and more people are realising that there are talents in Singapore. And when it comes to locally-made, there’s a lot to love. Bursting out onto the scene have been shoe brands, attracting small but loyal followings thanks in part to the power of social media.
From sustainable materials to unique designs, the brands here have worked hard to compete even on the international scene. Check them out and offer your support — you won’t be sorry.
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Image: Charles & Keith’s Instagram
Text: Karen Fong, Sean Tham
Cornering the market with its soft, comfortable designs is Anothersole. The Scandinavian-inspired label even donates a portion of their sales to charity.
The World at Your Feet
Gathering inspiration primarly from nature, The World at Your Feet is a brand that offers a range of different shoes, from loafers to sandals. There’s another reason to fall in love with this local label: they use only vegan leather for their shoes, and have a strong commitment to being animal cruelty-free.
A label that promises comfort, the shoes at Emblem are crafted from genuine leather, down to the insoles and outsoles. With free international shipping, they’re bound to make waves on the worldwide scene soon enough.
Orsq is founded by Singaporean entrepreneur/designer who works under the pseudonym Orsqr. The local shoe label primarily carries and retails cool sneakers that have been featured in Shanghai Fashion Week.
A luxury brand that caters to those who have a thing for heels, Singapore-born Mashizan Masjum’s designs a line of shoes that are elegant and contemporary. He harnessed his shoe-making skills in Florence, Italy, which means that the craftsmanship is sound, and the shoes at Mashizan exude a distinct 1960s Sophia Loren vibe.
The Tui Collection
Tui Pascale Arielle Sang, designer and founder of The Tui Collection, curates shoes that bridge the gap between comfort and style. Her shoes are known to be highly versatile, where you can pair flats with gowns, and heels with shorts.
Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith needs no introduction, being the paramount pioneers of Singapore’s locally-made shoe scene. With a change in its creative direction and its eye firmly on the international set, you’re guaranteed to find affordable, on-trend footwear — all the time.
When you think of local shoe brands, Pedro easily comes to mind. As the sister brand to Charles & Keith, this shoe label — originally launched as a men’s shoe store — provides work-appropriate footwear for the young working professional. It has some 100 stores in the Asia Pacific region, China and the Middle East.