If there’s one menswear saying that I truly believe, it’s that you can judge a man by his shoes. A lot of men make the mistake of buying cheap shoes thinking that they shouldn’t spend too much on something that’s going to get kicked around. But the truth is, what you put on your back may go out of fashion and style someday, and so it’s the shoes you wear that speaks volumes about what kind of man you really are.
In this post I’ve rounded up some of the best online stores when it comes to men’s shoes. When I’m talking about shoes, I don’t mean sneakers, sandals or espadrilles, but shoes suitable for formal occasions and work – monk straps, oxfords, wingtips and brogues etc.
Established in 2001, this Spanish company is formed by members of the 3rd and 4th generation of the Mallorca, renowned shoemakers who specialise in goodyear shoes. The quality of Meermin shoes is exceptional – they use high-end materials from the most famous tanneries, such as : Tannerie D´Annonay (France), Les tanneries Du Puy (France), Charles. F. Stead (England), Weinheimer Leder (Germany) or Thomas Ware & Sons (England). Additionally, because their shoes are distributed directly from their factory, the prices are also very reasonable. For example, the below goodyear welted tan oxfords are €160 (those outside the EU get a VAT discount (20%)).
When it comes to an online store with the widest variety of men’s shoes, The Shoe Mart is it. Don’t be fooled by it’s rather dated website, The Shoe Mart stocks top brands like Alden and Allen Edmonds along with lower level brands like Cole Haan. The range of shoes is what we love best about this online store. Whilst you will sometimes have to go through a lot of pages to find the shoe you want, they have a helpful filter button which I always use.
I’ve mentioned Unionmade Gooods in the best online menswear stores post in the past and part of the reason is because of their shoe collection. Their footwear collection veers on the side of casual, but they’re still suitable for office workers. Think suede oxfords and monkstraps that can be dressed up with a suit or dressed down with slim jeans. Some of their shoes are also exclusive to them as retailers, so it’s well worth a look.
Again, another great shoe store spoiled by an ugly website, but but make no mistake, Pediwear is a haven for men who love their shoes. The physical retail store of Pediwear has been around for over 40 years and having lasted this long is a testament to their eye for quality footwear. Note: their website tends to differentiates their shoes by collection, not style, so you may have to go back and forth between the pages to find what you want.
Markowski Cchausseur is a boutique french shoemaker who produce all their shoes using full-grained European leather. Whilst the website isn’t all that user-friendly (for example, the English version doesn’t always load properly), their shoes are great value in terms of their construction (Norwegian, Goodyear and Blake) and use of leather. Note: if you’re shipping your shoes outside of EU countries, you inform therir their office – luckily their manager speaks decent English.
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