The 3 Most Important Points Before Shopping For A Quality Leather Dress Shoe In Singapore

Every men need a good looking pair of formal dress shoes

But most don't know the difference between an oxford and a Siberian deer.

(trick question...there is no such thing as a Siberian deer)

These are 3 things you need to know about men formal shoes for your next shoe shopping trip.

1.      Style & Design

2.      Construction

3.      Leather

Lastly, and most importantly, what is the purpose of your shoe?

Is it for formal work, smart casual wear

or you simply just have $300 in spare change...



This is where the purpose of your shoes play a part.

You want the style/design to fit the purpose.

Certain styles are more casual, while some are more formal in nature.

While style is not the only factor in how casual/formal a shoe is,

It plays a fair part.

These are the general styles of dress shoes:

1.      Oxford - closed lacing (most formal)

2.      Derbys - open lacing

3.      Monkstraps - buckles

4.      Loafers - no lace and buckles (least formal)


Designs of a shoe refers to its intricate pattern on the upper (main leather part).

There are two main kinds of designs -

  • Brogues (shoes with perforated holes) and drumroll please....
  • Non brogues.

For designs, less is more formal.

The front of the shoe which is the main part has 4 main different designs

1.      Captoe

2.      Wingtip

3.      Apron toe

4.      Plain

These designs are independent of whether the shoes are brogued.

KEY POINT: Style is more fundamental while design refers to the patterns on the shoe.

They are independent.

KEY QUESTION: What purpose am i getting the shoe for? 

If its formal office wear, get a cleaner design and oxford style

If its smart casual, you can experiment and go for brogues and derby/monkstraps

There is no such thing as a one shoe fits all. 

You can't have a shoe that is both formal and casual at the same time....

It just doesn't work that way. 



Construction is the method used to make the shoes.

Different constructions require different machines, techniques, labor, etc

And have their own respective pros and cons.

There are 3 main kinds of construction

1.      Cemented - found in most Bata shoes and buildings.

2.      Blake Stitch - found in most Italian shoes

3.      Goodyear Welt - found in most British shoes

KEY POINT: Try to stay away from cemented shoes.

They typically do not last long and break down after a heavy downpour. 

KEY QUESTION TO ASK: What kind of construction is this shoe made of? 

Note: Some designer brands of a higher price point use cemented construction



The most important part of a leather formal/dress shoe!

Typically, most premium leather formal/dress shoes would be in full leather which means:

1.      Upper - the main part

2.      Lining - the inside of the shoe

3.      Sole - the bottom

These would all be in leather.

Having them in leather means more breathability (airy) and also, over time,

it would mold to your feet, giving a more customized fit.


There are 3 grades of leather

1.      Full Grain (highest quality)

2.      Top Grain

3.      Corrected Grain (lowest quality)


KEY POINT: Stay away from corrected grain leather.

They tend to flake and peel off after a short period of use.

(some designer brands of higher price point use corrected grain) 

KEY QUESTION TO ASK: What kind of grain leather do you use for this shoes?

(note that corrected grain also means genuine leather)

Don't mean to brag but hey, my CustomMade shoes are made out of full grain calf leather.

(actually i did mean to brag).  


KEY TAKEAWAY: Know the purpose of buying a pair of shoe and shop accordingly while keeping these 3 things in mind.

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3 Easy Ways to Match Your Socks With Your Shoes And Pants Perfectly

Poor matching socks with a bespoke suit and good looking shoes weaken the entire presentation. 

Like a weak link in a chain. 

We know that socks are important in your presentation

The first question is "should they match my shoes or pants?"

Should My Socks Match My Shoes Or Pants

1.) Your socks should match the color of your pants. 

Because they are an extension of your pants. 

A consistent sock - pant colour would not interrupt your silhouette. 

Giving you a more consistent, less jarring look. 


2.) If you're wearing a lighter colour pants, you can match your socks to your shoes. 

e.g. If you're wearing beige pants or khakis, you don't need to wear beige socks

These are just the "safe" rules.

However, multi colored socks with different patterns are good looking

And i'll show you a few ways to pull them off. 

3 Ways To Match Your Socks


This is the safest, most fool proof method. 

Choose a pair of socks that is either a shade lighter or darker than your pants. 

E.g. if you're wearing a charcoal grey pants, pair it with a charcoal socks. 

Or a sky blue socks for your navy blue pants. 

This is a formal, professional and elegant look

But it might appear boring. 

Good for: Interviews, formal meetings, etc



Coordinate doesn't mean match. 

Your socks don't have to be the same shade of color with your pants or shoes. 

But it is nice if there is natural symphony. 

Think of colour complements and contrast.  

Alternatively, introduce some patterns or texture to your socks. 

You can follow the tonal principal, but add a subtle strip or polka dot. 

Or use a thicker socks to team up with heavier material like denim. 

Just remember that textured styles can add weight to a look. 




Integrate some bright and bold colors into your outfit. 

An easy introduction would be to pick patterned socks in the same base color as your pants. 

You can go further and opt for vibrant colored socks that is complementary to your pants. 

Remember, your sock color must be complimentary or contrasting correctly. 

Think of the color wheel. 

Pro-Tip: Neutral coloured pants would be easier to match with bright coloured socks. 

It is less likely to go wrong. 

Neutral colors are black, white, tan, grey.

Key Takeaway: Socks are important to an outfit. 

You can revamp your presentation without breaking the bank with socks. 

Just take note of the colors and always play it safe when in doubt. Go tonal. 

CustomMade Opening Promotion

We are moving to a new showroom at 82 Telok Ayer St, #02-04. Our opening will be tentatively on 15th May!

Until then, we won't be able to accept appointments. Sadly.

Opening Promotion (2).png

We'll be offering a one time opening promotion. 

This would be available for those who sign up to our list and Like Our Facebook! 
(if you're already on the list,  you don't have to sign up again)

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