Australian men’s shoe brands are some of the best money can buy – a fact that we’ve known for decades, but the rest of the world is starting to notice now too. While Italy will probably always reign supreme in the shoe-production department, the best Australian shoes have been catching up in a big way. Plus, there’s no debating that we make the best boots in the world – from some of the greatest men’s boots stores in Melbourne, up to the best boot manufacturers of Greater Sydney. RM Williams has been worn by almost every US president since the first pair of the famous boots made it stateside.
They say you can tell a lot about a man by what he wears on his feet, but we reckon you can tell even more about a bloke by the clodhoppers he dons. Sometimes you’ve got to scrub up and retire the pluggers for a day; when that time comes.
Here’s our list of the 10 best Australian men’s shoe brands in no particular order.
This article is part of our Suited and Booted Series
1. Christian Kimber
Melbourne local Christian Kimber has literally scoured Europe to find the best manufacturers for his Australian men’s shoe designs, and he works closely in conjunction with them every step of the process, making this bespoke shoe brand one of the best to come out of Victoria, if not one of the best in Australian footwear as a whole – from men’s leather loafers to sneakers, a pair of Kimbers is a worthy investment.
Address: 264 Johnston St Fitzroy, VIC
Some of the most sought-after cordwainers the Australian men’s shoe industry has to offer – the team at Wootten can make anything out of leather, but are best known for their bespoke footwear. These Australian made leather boots are stylish, comfy and made to last. This top Australian men’s shoe brand is proof that if you do one thing very, very well then people will gladly pay the extra to know that they’re getting the best.
Address: 20 Grattan St Prahran, VIC
3. Bared Footwear
Another entry from Victoria, Armadale’s Bared Footwear is the brainchild of a podiatrist who wanted to close the gap between recommending great Australian footwear for her clients and them being able to find it. The team is super helpful and all of their men’s shoes are equal parts stylish and supportive. This is easily one of the best shoe brands in Australia.
Address: 1098 High St Armadale, VIC
4. Eve & Kane
The eponymous brother & sister duo from Sydney are hell-bent on putting stylish, high-quality footwear on as many feet as possible, and all without the hefty price tag so often attached with high-end men’s shoe brands. What started as a top-notch driving shoe brand has now expanded to include more styles and accessories, and people are loving it.
Address: Online only
“NOTA” stands for “None Of The Above”, a simple ethos for an Australian shoe company that decided to eschew the mass-produced, synthetic materials of its competitors and just focus on making interesting, original and high-quality footwear for men. Best of all, it’s a philosophy that’s worked, and people have jumped at the chance to rock this Aussie shoe brand, who delivers every style from casual sneaker to dressy loafer. Whether you’re looking for a pair of comfy out-and-about sneakers or you’re in need of some nice men’s formal shoes, NOTA has you covered.
Address: Available at Citizen Wolf – 255B Crown St Darlinghurst, NSW
6. RM Williams
The Aussie men’s shoe brand that needs no introduction. These iconic shoes are some of the best men’s boots in Australia. They have been made at 5 Percy St, Prospect in South Australia since before your parents were born, RM’s very own method of using one piece of leather, joined by a single seam at the back, has made this company an Australian icon. Absolutely worth the investment, a well-looked after pair of these Australian boots will last a lifetime.
Address: 5 Percy St Prospect, SA (and in every other city or small town you can find in Oz)
Made by hand using quality materials, Feit have managed to tread the line between practical and stylish. Their use of premium, natural components such as bamboo, cork, buffalo and vegetable leather is an innovative and environmentally responsible way to make great Australian men’s shoes. Every pair produced by this top Aussie men’s shoe brand is also mighty comfortable to boot.
Address: 20 Burton St Darlinghurst, NSW
8. Roberts & Hassett
Roberts & Hassett are at the most exclusive end of the bespoke shoe spectrum, and rightly so – they are seriously great leathergoods. Their clever use of oak bark tanned leather soles, insoles and welts allow Roberts & Hassett to construct bespoke footwear using traditional shoemaking techniques, centuries old. These famous Australian shoes are all hand-welted with hand-spun linen threads, hand-stitched outsoles and stacked leather heels secured with birch pegs – sounds fancy.
Address: Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne, Vic
9. Julius Marlow
Already heard of this top brand of Australian shoes? They’ve been around since 1933, so it’s not surprising. A pair of Julius Marlows have always been an easy choice for blokes who have to wear shoes with a suit all day long – especially if they’re on their feet or on the run, as they’re lightweight and comfortable. With more styles to choose from than you can poke a winkle-picker at and reasonable prices, there’s a reason this is among the most respected men’s Australian boot brands.
Address: Click here for locations
Aquila are one of the better-known shoe brands in Australia, and it all started in Melbourne in the ’50s, with one Italian who knew how to make shoes that were a cut above the rest. They now have over 40 stores across the country, and are a favourite of many for their modern European styling and sturdy construction. They are still among the top men’s shoe brands in Melbourne, but now happen to serve the entire planet as well. Yep, in fact our Aquila shoe review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning their contributions to the betterment of mankind, one foot at a time.
Address: Click here for locations
What brand of shoe originated in Australia?
There are loads of shoe brands which originated in Australia such as Windsor Smith, which began in 1946 or R.M. Williams.
Are blundstone made in Australia?
RM Williams and Rossi Boots are still manufactured in Australia, but Blundstone and Baxter are in the process of becoming pure global brands.