Where to Custom-Make Footwear in Singapore and Malaysia

27 November 2019

Great style starts with great shoes, and great shoes take you to great places. It’s no secret that shoes complete an outfit, so be sure to put your best foot forward. It’s time to dress to impress.

From a shoe’s lining to its laces, to copper toe caps or uppers crafted from top quality Italian leather, take your footwear game one step (or a leap) ahead of the rest with these bespoke shoemakers in Singapore and Malaysia that offer full customisation and made-to-order services.

Josh Leong, Singapore

A pair of Oxfords with emerald green leather
Made using emerald green leather, this pair of Oxfords that were hand welted by Josh Leong boasts a regal richness. Photo from Josh Leong Shoes

If you are into handmade shoes with quality, comfort and durability, then Josh Leong is the place to go.

Since returning to Singapore after honing his craft in Italy, Josh Leong has been making a name for himself and is acknowledged as the only shoemaker in Singapore who uses the traditional hand-welted construction method. Although this means a longer turnover time, every stitch is a mark of excellence and high calibre.

Sourcing for the finest materials has become second nature for the business. Prices start at SGD$4,900 for a bespoke pair as he strictly uses imported premium leather from France, Italy and Germany. This allows the shoe to mould around the feet and provide maximum comfort.

Website: https://www.joshleongshoes.com/

Ed Et Al Shoemakers, Singapore

a brown pair of shoes with suede material
With a ready-to-wear line and exclusive bespoke services, this shoemaker offers a myriad of shoe collections to pick from. Photo from Ed Et Al Shoemakers Instagram

If you have a constant need for contemporary and classic dress shoes that fit perfectly with suits of all types, Ed Et Al Shoemakers is a one-stop solution for you.

Specialising in the crafting, sourcing and servicing of high-quality leather shoes, this shoemaker has a wide variety of designed and made-to-order shoes.

Head shoemaker and designer, Edwin Neo, completed his apprenticeship under the mentoring of Hungarian master shoemaker Marcell Mrsan in 2011. Today, bespoke orders start from SGD$2,500 and are 100% handcrafted by him and his team of 9.

Custom-making your shoes has never been easier with Ed Et Al Shoemakers. Simply put in your order online by choosing your size, width, colour, and toe shape. A comprehensive yet simple guide is also available for reference on their website.

Kevin Seah Bespoke, Singapore

brown leather shoes
Kevin Seah Bespoke features a one-stop retail shop for you to suit up with a pair of stylish shoes made by renown designers. Photo from The Kevin Seah Group

Recognised as one of Singapore’s finest bespoke boutiques, The Kevin Seah Group dresses a gentleman impeccably from head to toe. Take a glance around the showroom and three things come to mind – stylish, refined, and dapper.

Instead of crafting shoes in-house, the boutique is an exclusive retailer of outstanding international shoemaking companies from around the globe. This includes Savile Row’s Gazaiano & Girling and highly regarded English shoemaker Edward Green.

Shoes from the ready-to-wear collection start from SGD$1,400. However, if you prefer a more custom fit and design, the retailer provides made-to-order services and sends your specifications to the respective shoemaker.

Occasionally, the boutique hosts trunk shows, inviting some of the world’s renowned shoemakers to showcase their new collections. Check out their website for the latest updates.

Website: http://kevinseah.com/shoes

XALF Design, Malaysia

a blue high heels shoe
Known for their meticulous and intricate workmanship, XALF Design is a favourite amongst celebrities and well-known designers. Photo from XALF Design Instagram

When you go to XALF Design to customise or design your new pair of footwear from scratch, rest assured that you will never find a similar pair anywhere else in the world. XALF is a forerunner in the local fashion scene with its edgy designs for both their female and male collections.

No matter how basic your footwear’s design is, making an order online doesn’t make the cut – you must head down to the store to get your measurements and fitting done as they work towards creating a truly unique design for you.

To ensure the perfect fit, shoe moulds are custom-made to match your feet, and individual parts are handmade and fitted together. Depending on the type of shoes and customisations, each set is priced from RM1,150.

Lewré Bespoke, Malaysia

various pairs of high heels
Inspired by the Forbidden City of China, this handmade Grandeur Red collection uses gemstones and clog designs that were favoured by empresses. Photo from Lewré Bespoke

In 1997, Lewré Bespoke was founded by renowned designer and royal couturier Dato Lewré Lew. With a specialisation in glamorous and intricate designs, this luxurious brand is popular amongst royals, high profiling socialites, and celebrities.

With an appointment-only system, consultations with the Lewré Bespoke team are intimate to ensure that designs are crafted perfectly in-line with clients’ expectations.

Expect nothing less than elegance and class with its strict selection of raw materials and attention to detail. Each embellishment is meticulously stitched, sewn and crafted by Bespoke’s designers. A pair of made-to-order is available online from RM2,900.

Website: https://lewrebespoke.com/

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