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 outfits 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 5 local brands that are undeniably at the top of Malaysia’s shoe scene.
MADRE, which is Spanish for the mother, was established with the dream to produce female shoes with an entire focus on their beauty and comfort. Since 2013, Madre is garnering more attention from Malaysian women and even those in Brunei and Singapore.
The reason why the founders fixated on the idea of ‘mother’ was because of their mother, the inspirations and driving force behind everything.
Based in Cyberjaya, Selangor. Madre, as of today, has garnered almost 500 000 fans on Facebook and more than 130 000 followers on Instagram. Madre also caught the attention of a few news outlets in Malaysia and was featured in RTM’s shows, Selamat Pagi Malaysia, Biz Malaysia, Do-It, Fresh Brew, Jelita, even in the newspapers Kosmo, and Utusan.
And as an ever-expanding company, Madre hopes to be one of the biggest names in Malaysia’s fashion industry in a few years.
2. 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 shoe designs in order to get that perfect pair of woman’s shoes. Her designs usually have a 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 pair 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 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.
4. 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 brands 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.
5. Merrack & Co.
Merrack & Co. was founded by Intan Khalid and Fauzana Sidek who believed in creating travel footwear that transports its wearer to various places, people and exciting moments 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.
Those are the top 5 shoe brands in Malaysia, with one honorable 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 or 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!
Updated: 10th July 2021