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Shoes are an absolute essential for any man. After all, the last thing we want is to spend our hard-earned cash on expensive shoes only for them to tear the next day after a sweet night out.
From oxfords to loafers to boots, the vast range of shoes available out there can be very intimidating to think about, so to help you out we’ve scoured the city to bring you best shoe stores Melbourne has to offer.
Shop 24/16-30 Russell Place
124 Shoes is a store that exudes Italian vibes from top to bottom. Marketing themselves as ‘authentic shoes, not for the ordinary’, every product they have in store is handpicked from Italy’s finest labels and made by second and third generation shoemakers that have used traditional artisan techniques to make the finest shoe possible. You’ll find a diverse selection of laced shoes, boots, sneakers and loafers to keep those feet happy all year round.
Brands: Alexander Motto, Antonito Maurizi, Area Forte, BB Washed, Buttero, Conflict for Interest, Ella Maurizi, Ink, Loake, Marsell, Moma, Officina Creative, Philippe Model, Preventi, Primabase, Rapero, Satori Gold, Shoto, The Last Conspiracy, The Wrong Shoe.
Shop 1/265 Little Bourke Street
If you’re a man who loves making memorable experiences, Sneakerboy is the way to go. Their luxury kicks come from some of the biggest brands to date including Balenciaga, Adidas, Lanvin and Raf Simons. What sets this place apart from its competitors is the unique shopping experience.
The store acts as a showroom display of sorts as you try on the sneakers then make the purchase online. With a bit of patience, the sneakers will arrive on your doorstep in no time.
Brands: Common Projects, Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons, Filling Pieces, Golden Goose, Asics, Undercover, Adidas Originals by Hyke, Adidas, Buscemi, Balenciaga, Puma, Off-White, Y3, Pony, Giuseppe Zanotti, Nike, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Kris Van Assche
574 Chapel Street
Aquila is a store that can do no wrong. Although they have expanded into other realms of menswear, their heart and soul still remains strong in their diverse range of quality shoes. Aquila is a good solution or those who don’t want to spend a fortune, and their selection is large enough that you’ll find the perfect pair of shoes whether it be for work or play.
However due to their lower price point, you’ll need to put in a little more extra love and care into maintaining the shoe. They have several locations throughout Melbourne for your convenience along with an online store.
116 Queen Street
Located in the heart of Melbourne, McCloud Shoes places a strong emphasis on traditional style dress/work shoes – perfect for any older gentlemen who likes to keep it simple and chic. Your feet are in good hands with the staff at this store, all of whom are extremely knowledgeable about everything to do with foot candy.
What’s great is that they also offer a repair service where you can do full sole repairs for any of your old shoes that have been overused. At around $500 for a pair it’s definitely an investment, but it’s one you’ll be glad you made.
Brands: Assorted, Barker, Centenario, Cheaney, Church, Cudworth, Florsheim, Georges, RM Williams, Rockport, Romika, Sebago, Secrid, Shelta Australia, Sioux, Aldo Brue
53 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Those with well lined bank account can do no wrong heading to Double Monk. The crew here offer an entire range of premium shoes which promise both quality and longevity. Boasting an elegant product range is an understatement.
Brands: John Lobb, George Cleverley
Luisa Leather Boutique
161 Collins St
Luisa is Melbourne’s no-fuss importer of immaculate men’s footwear direct from Italy. First opened by Stefano Stefani in 1989, the warehouse to extends its impressive range to include some of the world’s finest footwear straight off the runway and latest lookbooks.
Brands: Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, DSquared, Lanvin, Stefano Stefani
20 Grattan Street, Prahran
Wooten is the destination to get your feet into some of the city’s finest handmade shoes. They offer custom designed footwear, orthotic, prosthetic and engineered sportswear shoes. They can serve up pretty much any demand but we do recommend you guys hit up their online store if you want to speed up the process and get those puppies on your feet a.s.a.p.