Top 20 Dress Shoes For Men to bring the Gentleman in You! (Updated 2023)
A) Colour Considerations for Dress Shoes
B) Types of Dress Shoes in Singapore
1) Whole Cut or Tap Toe Oxfords
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Dress Shoes in Singapore?
Coco Chanel said it best, “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”. Yes, gentlemen, she may not have directed it at you but she’s not wrong! A good set of shoes doesn't need to be complicated to tie a whole outfit together.
Especially if that outfit is your wedding suit!
For the most important suit you’ll ever wear, you’re going to want good shoes to match. So, what we’ve done is compiled a top 20 of the best dress shoes money can buy. We go through colour considerations, fashion trends and a few different types of shoes for your consideration.
So, lace-up! You might go shopping after this!
A) Colour Considerations for Wedding Dress Shoes
First and foremost always match the colour of your belt with your shoes! Follow this rule and you’ll never go wrong no matter the colour of your suit. Next, consider the colour of your suit. Grey, navy, black and brown tend to be the age-old stand-bys.
When combining the two, it is often the best practice to pair like with like. So, cooler colours with each other and earthy tones with each other. It makes for a look that doesn’t clash with the rest of your ensemble and is good on any occasion.
B) Different Types of Leather Dress Shoes in Singapore
For those who have seen the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, you know the difference between oxfords and brogues. But there are many more types out there! Let’s do a quick run down of the most popular types of shoes seen at weddings nowadays.
1) Wholecut or Cap Toe Oxfords
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The traditional pair of wedding dress shoes! Whole cuts are made from a single piece of leather, giving them a sleek and seamless look. Cap-toes look similar but aren’t made from that single piece of leather and have a seam running across where your toes would be.
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Like an oxford but without the laces. In its place is a piece of leather stretching across your foot with buckles to secure it. This is an elegant modification to the traditional leather dress shoe that turns heads and catches eyes.
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Now imagine an oxford but without the laces and with more wiggle room. This is so you can slip in and out of it comfortably without hassle. Depending on where you get this from, they can make the wearer look more casual or just as formal but younger.
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These are loafers combined with a house slipper. If you believe in preserving tradition, mules can be pretty difficult to pull off, especially in conjunction with a wedding suit. If you’re looking to wear these, it is highly recommended that you save this for after the first outfit change.
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Weddings have certainly taken a turn for the casual in recent times. Fashion trends and talking heads have elevated certain elements of culture into haute couture. One such element is the sneaker. Sneakerheads everywhere rejoice; a good pair of sneakers can match a good suit too!
6) Fashion Trends for Dress Shoes for Men
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Formal leather shoes have always been the standard attire. Traditions don’t normally change overnight! However, there is an exception in the case of wedding sneakers! Weddings are normally lengthy affairs and you’re going to want something comfortable to walk in for about 4 hours.
Alternatively, you could try mules, a slip-on-slip-off version of the typical loafer. It gives you something easy to take on and off between outfit changes. It is a nice twist on the traditional look of loafers and gives your suit a chic look.
Top 20 Men's Dress Shoes for your Wedding
Now that we’ve gone through all the trends and all the types of shoes, time for recommendations. We’ve scoured the internet to give you the top 20 best-looking dress shoes with a bang for your buck. Take your time to peruse which would best serve your outfit on your special day!
1. CNES Shoemaker
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CNES Shoemaker strives to create elegant and functional shoes that befit any formal occasion. Their craftsmanship and design finesse helps them create some of the finest shoes money can buy. Along with the option to have your shoes made to order, the sky is truly the limit with them.
Address: 259 Beach Road Singapore 199540
Contact No.: 9191 3750
2. Arden Teal
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Like your shoes with a hint of cruelty free Argentine leather? First, that’s oddly specific. Second, Arden Teal is the shoe brand for you. From the feet of Argentianian cowboys to you, you can get your whole cut oxford from them in the colours you’ve come to expect.
Address: T-Space, 1 Tampines North Drive 1, #02-16, Singapore 528559
Contact No.: 9782 4397
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You’ve surely seen this store litter the malls of Orchard Road and then some! With style as a focus, they recreate essentials with that touch of modernity. With them, you’ll be able to find the classics that fit right into the milieu of today’s fashion sensibilities.
Contact No.: 6488 3688
4. Carl & Oak
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A high fashion shoe maker that comes to you with mobile shoe fittings? How could you say no! Bespoke shoes were once an expensive and inaccessible affair. Since Carl & Oak stepped onto the scene, you can be sure of two things; the longevity of your comfort and that these shoes will be with you for a while!
Address: One Raffles Place. #04-22 (Office), Singapore 048 616
Contact No.: 9626 2990
5. Jonathan Abel
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If you want specificity and precision of design, Jonathan Abel is the shoes for you. Everything is customizable from your outsole material to your insole colour. While one might think that that level of customizability might take a while, guess again. It only takes a mere 30 minutes.
Address: 391A Orchard Rd, Takashimaya Department Store Level 3, Singapore 238873
Contact No.: 8428 6435
6. Josh Leong Shoemaker
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Built different, built better and built for you. That would be a short description of Josh Leongs’ shoemaking prowess. In his bio, he describes wanting to create a product that would develop character and beauty over time. The only way forward is to find out for yourself.
Address: 8 Jalan Kilang Barat, #07-02 Central Link, Singapore 159351
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Manufactured in Brazil but made for you, Savelli brings you the best that Sao Paulo has to offer. Since 2005, they’ve been making shoes for the world and could for you too. Named after the Italian province that has a reputation for it’s master craftsmen, Savelli is sure to delight.
Address: 113 Eunos Ave 3, #01-15 Singapore 409838
Contact No.: 8903 7600
8. W.H.Y & Co
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W.H.Y & Co. certainly has a story that most could relate to. After not being able to find affordable wedding dress shoes for his wedding shoot, Goh Weihan decided he’d make it himself. After a 4 year apprenticeship, he would never have this problem again. Inadvertently, neither would you if you paid him a visit!
Address: International Plaza, 10 Anson Road #02-92, Singapore 079903
Contact No.: 9017 4843
9. Walking Tall
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Men, as much as we hate to say it, height does matter to us. Introducing Walking Tall; a men’s leather dress shoe brand with built-in heel lifts. The lifts are built snugly into the shoes and designed for comfort and confidence. More than being purveyors of quality footwear, they’re doing the good lord's work!
Address: 277 Orchard Road, #04-05 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Contact No.: 6438 2526