Do you know what women need the most? Food, water, and compliments. And occasionally, a new pair of shoes. That was said by Chris Rock, but we are not about to deny that aren’t we? Good shoes and outfit would elevate anyone’s mood and brighten their days. And which better way to do that than by donning a pair of shoes made by our own local Malaysian brands? Today we have 4 local brands that are undeniably at the top of Malaysia’s shoe scene.
1. Nelissa Hilman
Nelissa Hilman founded her footwear brand in 2012, and from that day until today, she had continued to refine her touch on her shoes designs in order to get that perfect pair of woman’s shoes. Her designs usually have simplistic and minimalistic aesthetic with each pair being handcrafted for the user’s comfort. Although offering various type of shoes including flats, heels, wedges and sandals, every pairs always have her own elegant touch to its design.
KULET was established as a brand in 2016 by a duo, Julie Anne and Aina Syahirah. KULET focuses on effortless but sophisticated styles that strive to be an all-season footwear. Staying true to their brand’s identity, KULET (KU·LIT: skin in the Malay language) was coined because they wanted to represent KULET’s signature palette of nude footwear made exclusively from man-made leather (advocating ‘compassion in fashion’) and are said to be carefully curated to complement different skin tones of Malaysians woman.
3. Yoke & Theam
Yoke Sin and Yokie Theam built this brand to continue their family shoemaking legacy of over 30 years not knowing it will be one of the top brand in Malaysia. Both Yoke and Theam share their repertoire in business, fashion and graphic design, and thus manifesting variation of chic and elegant strappy sandals and chunky platforms that fuses feminine and masculine style as their brand’s signature.
4. Merrack & Co.
Merrack & Co. was founded by Intan Khalid and Fauzana Sidek whom believed in creating travel footwears that transport its wearer to various places, people and exciting moment of their lives. Known for producing heavy duty yet very light on the feet footwear, Merrack & Co. always strive to be more than just another bland fashion brand. Their shoes are usually designed for an elegant, casual look.
5. Madre Collection
I know what you’re thinking. This article was supposed to be the top 4 shoe brands in Malaysia. Well, we’re not saying that Madre is the 5th, but it may as well be. Madre is getting bigger and certainly is striving to be one of the top shoe brands in Malaysia. With our focus on producing gorgeous, comfortable and affordable shoes for every woman out there, Madre is garnering more attention from Malaysian women and even those in Brunei and Singapore these days. And hopefully in the coming years, Madre will be one of the leading brands.
Those are the top 4 shoe brands in Malaysia, with one honourable mention. We strongly suggest that you go check those brands out for your fix of shoes this year. With Eid coming up in just a few months, maybe you should snatch a pair of two from these brands for Eid. We know how ugly it gets getting your outfits for raya when it’s getting closer. So make a move now!