Nope, we haven’t forgotten about the men. Shoe shopping isn’t a pleasure strictly reserved for the ladies – so if you don’t give two hoots about labels, we’ve picked out some seriously dope kicks that will have your #OOTD on pointe.
First up – sneakers for the sneaker heads!
[Staple No. 1: Sneakers]
Save the $400 you were going to drop on those Common Projects – and you could own an entire shelf of new kicks to up your street-cred.
Sneakers – Featured Shop 1: 港仔文艺男, Gang Zai Wen Yi Nan
Classic white skate shoes for the obligatory walk down Orchard.
Item: Skate shoes
Price: ¥148.00 = SGD31.00
Sneakers – Featured Shop 2: thechosenone旗舰店, The Chosen One Qi Jian Dian
This edgy take on the classic white sneaker that will look perfect in your #OOTD flatlay.
Item: Leather lace sneakers
Price: ¥ 299.00 = SGD 62.50
Sneakers – Featured Shop 3: REDDRAGONFLY/红蜻蜓, Hong Qing Ting
Perfect your gym-to-street look with these sneaks.
Item: Lace-up sports shoes
Price: ¥ 179.00 = SGD 37.30
Sneakers – Featured Shop 4: 富贵鹿鞋店, Fu Gui Lu Xie Dian
Skip the plain white sneakers, and pimp out your outfit with these black-and-white bad boys.
Item: Leather sneakers
Price: ¥ 208.00 = SGD 43.50
Sneakers – Featured Shop 5: 龙翼鞋帮 潮流男鞋, Long Yi Xie Bang Chao Liu Nan Xie
[Staple No. 2: Plimsolls/ Loafers]
Plimsolls/Loafers – Featured Shop No. 1: 休闲鞋类直销店, Xiu Xian Xie Lei Zhi Xiao Dian
Item: Men’s boating shoes
Price: ¥ 128.00 = SGD 26.70
Plimsolls/Loafers – Featured Shop No. 2: 尚品鞋社, Shang Pin Xie She
These nifty loafers are perfect for a Sunday stroll down Haji Lane.
Item: Canvas slip-ons
Price: ¥ 68.00 = SGD 14.20
Plimsolls/Loafers – Featured Shop No. 3: 鞋在这儿鞋在这儿, Xie Zai Zhe Er Xie Zai Zhe Eer
When you have this many choices, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try something a little different. Like these black leather loafers. #yolo
Item: Black leather loafers
Price: ¥ 159.00 = SGD33.20
Plimsolls/Loafers – Featured Shop No. 4: 李老板丶卡西悦鞋业, Li Lao Ban, Ka Xi Yue Xie Ye
Woven leather loafers that’ll make the floor you stand on look expensive.
Item: Knitted patterned leather loafers
Price: ¥ 178.00 = SGD 37.00
Plimsolls/Loafers – Featured Shop No. 5: 雅煊, Ya Xuan
A virtual must-have for the urban hippy metrosexual.
Item: Cloth slip-ons with canvas soles
Price: ¥ 39.00 = SGD 8.20
[Staple No. 3: Brogues]
Spiffy up your outfit with a classic pair of leather brogues – yep you heard us right, they’re leather and cost basically nothing. Okay maybe not nothing; more like 2 pints of Guinness.
Brogues – Featured Shop No. 1: 梅西, Mei Xi
These classics for the respectable gentleman.
Item: Matte leather Brogues
Price: ¥ 158.00 = SGD32.90
Oxfords – Featured Shop No. 2: 皮特华菲鞋城, Pi Te Hua Fei Xie Cheng
Pair up tailored drop-waist trousers with patent leather brogues – and you’re guaranteed to look fly AF.
Item: Patent leather brogues
Price: ¥ 125.00 = SGD 26.10
Brogues – Featured Shop No. 3: DEAL品牌店, DEAL Pin Pai Dian
Lots of different colours and cuttings for the discerning dandy – like these suede/patent leather mix brogues.
Item: Rubber-soled Brogues
Price: ¥ 346.50 = SGD 72.20
Brogues – Featured Shop No. 4: 太平鸟男装官方店, Tai Ping Niao Nan Zhuang Guan Fang Dian
Keep it simple and comfy with these cushioned-soled suede brogues.
Item: Suede leather brogues
Price: ¥ 239.00 = SGD 50.00
Brogues – Featured Shop No. 5: 班比帝伦, Ban Bi Di Lun
Channel Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders with these classic brown leather brogues.
Item: Formal leather brogues
Price: ¥ 279.00 = SGD 58.40
Before you hit the shops, here’s a few things you should know:
1. Don’t expect your shoes to smell like a bed of roses.
Almost all shoes from Taobao come directly from the warehouse – so it’s normal for them to come off smelling a little plasticky. Quick fix: air them outside and the smell should disappear after a day or so.
2. Sorry big-foot!
Like the rest of the world, Taobao shoes cater to more mainstream feet shapes.
However if you have very wide or thick feet – you’d probably be better off shopping at Euro brands like Topshop, ASOS or Kurt Geiger. Sorry!
To reduce the risks of buying the wrong-sized shoes, pay close attention to the size measurement tables provided by each shop. Measuring your feet size in cm (instead of inches) also reduces the risks of purchasing shoes that don’t fit.
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