Between the made-to-measure boots and the collector’s edition sneakers, we’re beginning to wonder if it could be possible that men love shoes even more than women.
For men who get suited and booted every day, and men who rock limited edition Nikes on the reg, here are our favourite shops in Sydney to buy men’s shoes.
The only way to describe Belancé in Paddington is to say that it has all the men’s shoes. There are car shoes and old school Timbs, double monk straps and perforated white leather sneakers. This is a shop that has all your footwear needs covered, not to mention your watch, sunnies and man grooming needs to boot.
Spring Court sneakers come in two cuts: low or mid, and two fabrications: leather or canvas. It's a French brand known for its classic simplicity, and clearly simplicity works—Spring Court has been around since 1936. The pinnacle of its success was when John Lennon and Yoko Ono were twinning in classic white Spring Court canvas sneakers on their wedding day. After that everything has just been cream.
The sneaker game is strong with Sneakerboy, a retailer that puts luxury brands like Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga next to up and coming sneaker designers like Fear of God and Common Projects. Sneakerboy deftly combines the digital and physical worlds, carrying one style in every size in its shop for customers to try. If the fit is right, you’re handed an iPad to order, and your new shoes are shipped to your door.
We know you're a group of dapper men, but we bet few of you have had the experience of having a pair of custom shoes made by a real live cordwainer (shoe maker). It's an art whose light is fading, but in Australia we're lucky to have some of the best cordwainers at Andrew McDonald in The Strand Arcade. In Andrew McDonald's offering are boots whose leather looks well worn (and walked through mud) and oxfords spit-shined so shiny, you can see your face in them.
Belmore (factory), online
While Belmore doesn't technically have a bricks and mortar store in Sydney, its factory is here, which makes it an honorary member of the list. Belmore’s styles are ones you've seen before: Chelsea boots, lace-up ankle boots, loafers and brogues in colours like black, tan, navy and burgundy, but beautiful quality shines best when it's simple.
"Butter is a hybrid sneaker, fried chicken and champagne bar in Surry Hills." Right. Forget about every other place you've ever shopped because no shop exists now except Butter. Since it doesn't have clothes, we'll just have to wear fried chicken, which incidentally goes well with the Sex & Takeout collaboration with artist Sarah Bahbah that Butter is promoting these days. Butter’s kicks are pre-owned consignment, and for sneaker connoisseurs looking for rare birds
Image credit: Sneakerboy