While the majority of these quality men’s shoe brands may be hard to justify for the less well-heeled among you, with shoes, you most certainly get what you pay for. A solid initial investment will save you money in the long run because when cared for, a serviceable, hand-made pair of shoes will last a lifetime.
At the end of the day, your shoes are the foundation of your outfit and really do say a lot about the type of man you are – especially the state of said shoes. Quality and craftsmanship won’t go unnoticed and just like a fine timepiece, the best men’s shoe brands are appreciated by all men everywhere.
“Spend as much money as you can afford because you are buying value and longevity; and look after them well, because you will be rewarded in style and longevity.”Simon Crompton from Permanent Style on buying shoes.
Here are the quality men’s shoe brands you need to know, with our handy price indicator.
A. Testoni – $$$ Bologna, Italy
After learning the secrets of Bolognese construction from local artisans, Amedeo Testoni opened his first workshop in 1929 with a dream of creating the most beautiful shoes in the world. Today A. Testoni holds exclusive patents and strives to portray contemporary Italian style through a range of handcrafted construction methods and product lines.
Shop A.Testoni online at testoni.com
Alden – $$-$$$ Massachusetts, USA
Berluti – $$$ Paris, France
Crockett & Jones – $$-$$$ Northamptonshire, UK
The quality of Crockett & Jones products sits above Church’s in my opinion, hence their inclusion in this list. Across their range of price points, Crockett & Jones offer excellent build quality and represent excellent value for money. Their bespoke service is also up there with the best in the business.
Crockett & Jones is stocked by Double Monk in Australia, shop in-store in Melbourne or Sydney or online.
Edward Green – $$$ Northamptonshire, UK
When it comes to the top tier of shoemaking, it doesn’t get much better than Edward Green – a fact since 1890. Respected for their understated elegance and unrelenting strive for quality, Edward Green ensures only three pairs of shoes are made from each hide. Preferred by Hemingway, perfect for you.
Edward Green is stocked by Double Monk in Australia, shop in-store in Melbourne or Sydney or online.
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Gaziano & Girling – $$-$$$ Northamptonshire, UK
John Lobb/John Lobb Ltd – $$-$$$ Northamptonshire/London, UK
John Lobb has a fascinating history, founded in 1866 in London and 1902 in Paris. In 1976, John Lobb was acquired by the Hermès Group. However, the London bespoke workshop, John Lobb Ltd, remains in the hands of the family and continues to operate independently from its premises at 9 St James’s Street. John Lobb Ltd focuses solely on bespoke while the Hermès group offers a RTW and MTO service, the later made in their Parisian workshop, requiring over 50 hours of work for each pair.
John Lobb is stocked by Double Monk in Australia, shop in-store in Melbourne or Sydney or online.
Meermin – $ Majorca, Spain
Meermin rocketed onto the scene during the hashtag menswear days as one of the most stylish and accessible men’s shoe brands in the world. Their affordable approach to construction (partially made in China) spawned various copycats creating classically styled shoes starting at US$175, with more exclusive Linea Maestro range starting from US$290. If you can’t justify the higher priced names on the list, Meermin is a worthy choice.
Shop Meermin online at meermin.com
R.M. Williams – $$ Adelaide, Australia
One of our most visited posts of all time pays homage to the versatility of the Reginald Murray William’s iconic leather boot. Their acquisition by LVMH has seen a host of new styles introduced like the Yard Boot and Sneaker, but we like to keep it classic in the leather or suede Craftsman.
Shop R.M. Williams in-store or online at rmwilliams.com.au
Stefano Bemer – $$$ Florence, Italy
Florentine Stefano Bemer has established a globally unrivalled reputation through an uncompromising approach to the art of shoemaking. Originally started by Stefano Bemer in 1983, the company was acquired by Tommaso Melani after Bemer’s death in 2012, who wanted to continue his unique handcrafted approach to every aspect of shoe construction.
Stefano Bemer is represented by The Cloakroom in Australia, which holds stock and facilitates bespoke orders.
Vass Shoes – $$$ Hungary, Budapest
If exclusivity is what you desire, then Vass is for you. Family-owned Vass has been producing shoes since 1978 out of a humble shopfront in Budapest. They offer an unbelievable range of styles with English and Italian heritage in both RTW and via bespoke order. If you’re in Budapest it’s a must-visit for any shoe snob.
Shop Vass Shoes while in Budapest or online at shopmehra.com
Feature Image: Stefano Bemer