The other day I decided to go out and buy a new pair of mens lace up shoes.
I wanted something that is versatile and I could wear not only with my suit for formal events but something that I could also wear with a pair of trousers or jeans to dress them up somewhat. As the saying goes shoes maketh the man and my collection of footwear is starting to look tired and worn out.
I wandered around Paddington on Oxford Street which as a few men’s shoe shops there. Having lived in Europe and being a bit of a shoe buff I was shocked to see so many supposed up market clothing shops such as The Witchery and Oxford selling cheap leather shoes that are made in India or China. Besides a pair of shoes you buy for $150 or $169 is not going to last you long. A decent pair of quality made men’s dress shoes should have leather soles and be made in Italy, Spain, Germany or England. The workmanship and the quality of the leather used in these countries means in Australian dollars a pair should set you back anywhere from $250 to $450.
So after a few hours wandering around and trying on a few pairs in various clothing and shoe shops I could not find anything I liked. I decided maybe it was time to jump online and see what Google could come up with. I punched in buy mens dress shoes online and to my surprise found Matador Shoes Australia. They are just in behind the Matt Blatt designer furniture shop on the corner of Elizabeth and Oxford Streets. They are more of an online shoe shop but you can make an appointment to go and see their range. I made a quick phone call and luckily they could see me in half an hour. Once I got there I learnt that they are more of a wholesalers and just run out of an office rather than a shop. However they have a great range of amazing men’s designer shoes that are all made in Spain. The Spanish have a great reputation for making some of the best footwear in Europe.
I tried on a few different styles and in the end came away with two pairs, one in an oxford style and one a derby rather than just one. The quality of the shoes is awesome and as Matador Shoes are a shoe wholesaler I got them for a great price of $200 a pair. Both models are beautifully made using really good leathers and they also have leather soles. If I bought these in one of the shops around the corner they would have been $350 each!
If you want to buy mens dress shoes online I highly recommend visiting these guys in Paddington. You can find more information about them online with Google and their showroom is open every Saturday and various days during the week. I was so glad I decided to do an online search to see what else was out there.