How to Choose Quality Shoes, See Brand, Leather, or Price?

There is a term that is popular in the community; lose to buy, win to wear. There is also the opposite, win to buy, lose to wear. These two expressions are very important in getting quality shoes.

The layman’s part, every shoe is the same. Hence, prefer shoes based on lower prices. For people with money, there are those who choose shoes based on the brand, regardless of the price.

How should it be? The founders of the Eve & Kane shoe label, Gabi Levi and Kaz, the founder of the first Japanese leather custom shoe label provider to the Australian market, shared some tips on finding quality leather shoes.

1. Leather and Suede Flexibility

The softer the leather, the more comfortable it will be on your feet. However, soft leather will not last as long as leather with thick construction, which can also be cheaper.

2. Smell in Shoes

Try kissing the inside of the shoe. If it smells like glue, then chances are the shoes were made with a cheap process (glued), rather than sewing.

3. Smell of skin

Apart from the inside, try smelling the leather. Quality leather will smell like high-quality leather, not synthetic leather.

4. Sol

The sole is a vital component of a shoe. Kaz explains, expensive leather shoes often have hidden parts where we can’t see the stitched area on the bottom of the shoe.

5. Skin Class

High quality leather will definitely last longer and stay in shape. Especially if the shoes are shaped like loafers.

6. Feel the Inside

We cannot know the comfort of shoes without trying them on. So, try wearing these shoes. Feel the comfort of the inner sole. This section will determine how comfortable a shoe is.

Better quality shoes certainly have more comfort. Expensive shoes will have higher quality soles, and are designed to be three times more durable than regular leather shoes.

Levi explained, for loafer or leather shoe drivers, it is important to check whether the shoe material is very thin. If they are too soft and flexible, even though they are comfortable, the shoes are not durable and the shape will not last long.

Visually, you can check the solidity of the stitches, the consistency of the sewing distance and the depth of the stitches. Hand made or machine?

Hand sewing can be more expensive because the shoes are sewn directly by the shoemaker. But that does not mean the quality can be better. Some hand-stitched shoes from Italy and Portugal don’t look good because of the visible imperfections.


Shoe function

Shoes have now become a primary human need. The main function of shoes is to protect themselves from foot injuries, due to hitting hard objects or stepping on hard or sharp objects.

Good shoes can not only protect the feet, but also comfortable to wear. In this modern era, the function of shoes is no longer just a foot protection device, but also a part of fashion.

Shoes can make the wearer confident or vice versa, especially for young women and adult women.

Departing from that thought, Liliana Ellen Setiadi, a young woman entrepreneur, was compelled to introduce shoes that are comfortable to use, fashionable, but at affordable prices, with the brand Calensis.

Calensis is a local brand made by local craftsmen, who have decades of experience in their fields. Footwear products launched in the form of women’s shoes types of flatshoes, high heels, sandals.

The advantages of Calensis are affordable prices, high quality, premium materials with the addition of a soft tread pad.


How To Make Shoes

Shoes are one of the important elements in fashion. Given that you’ve been wearing shoes all day, why not try some cute shoes? Indeed, for those who have not been trained, the manufacturing process is a bit complicated. However, it is not impossible to make it yourself at home. To make shoes, all you have to do is prepare the right materials, make foot prints, cut the shoe parts to size, assemble the parts, and tidy up the design. Once this basic stage is over, you no longer need to rely on brands to polish your appearance. A number of embellishments will add to the uniqueness of the shoe, and once you start making it, you’ll be instantly hooked.


1. Determine the type of shoe you want to make. At the planning stage, you must know the type of shoe to be made. There are a variety of shoes. You can make them, not limited to loafers, sneakers, sandals, boots and toe shoes. Try to imagine the shoe style that best fits your personality.
Maybe it will be easier if you also pour these ideas into a sketch. Realizing ideas in the form of illustrations greatly facilitates the shoe-making plan.
If you do not have experience in making shoes, you should choose a simple shape. You can try simple lace-up shoes without the addition of complicated knick-knacks. After all, later you can still add a number of accessories to these shoes.

2. Design, search or buy blueprints for your shoes. Before starting to make it, you should prepare an accurate and detailed plan. Avoid making plans while the process is already underway. Shoe making requires high precision and the slightest mistake can spoil the result.

Simple shoe patterns can also be found on the internet. Search and find some ‘way to make it. Even if you don’t find it there, at least you’ll get some inspiration when designing your shoes.
Online art like also seems to sell shoe designs that are richer in knick-knacks.
Designing your own is only recommended for those of you who have made shoes. If your goal is to design shoes, try making simple shoes using designs that are available for free. This experience will play an important role when you get back to making shoes.

3. Take advantage of the shoes that are not used. In addition to saving time, this method will give a professional impression on the appearance of the shoe. The sole of the shoe will support the seams. If the soles of your shoes are still in good condition, it’s a good idea to save the parts of your shoes that you think can still be reused. When removing them from old shoes, do so carefully with a scalpel.

4. Look for other materials from hardware stores or specialty stores. Shoe models sometimes require special materials. So, you no longer need to bother choosing strong leather and fabric materials.
You will need a sewing tool to make the shoes. If you don’t have one, please buy or borrow one.
Rubber, leather, and fabric are the materials for the chassis or shoe body.
You are indeed advised to use soles from used shoes or buy them. However, you can also make the sole waterproof using several layers of cork, each layer being about 30 mm thick.
Don’t forget to provide at least twice as much spare material as you need. That way, you won’t run out of materials to make a pair of shoes.


How to know the difference between original and KW shoes before buying

If you don’t want to catch the wrong sneaker that you think is the real thing, you should refer to Hipwee’s explanation on how to tell the difference between original and kw shoes until it’s finished!

1. Check the price

The average price of sneakers is not cheap, of course you have to do a lot of research about the price of the sneakers you want. Brands like Nike, Adidas, and New Balance are priced at IDR 350 thousand to millions of rupiah. It depends on the type of shoe and its condition. So if you buy sneakers for IDR 50-100, it’s almost certain that KW is…

2. Shop at a trusted store that sells genuine goods

If you don’t want to hesitate to buy at an online store that isn’t necessarily reliable, go to an official store or outlet that sells sneakers. While it almost certainly costs a little more than what is offered online, you are free to PR to doubt whether the item you are buying is genuine or a fake.

3. Pay attention to the shoe material, from the sole to the material of manufacture

Genuine shoes at a price that is enough to make a headache indeed promise more materials than the imitation series. Look at the soles, if fake shoes often use raw rubber which is yellow-brown in color. The pattern on the sole is also different from the original sneakers on offer. Before buying, it never hurts to do a little research to find out what the original look of the shoes you want.

No need to worry, if you are a lover of sneakers who buy things that don’t suit you, you also understand which ones are real and which ones are fake with just one glance, with the shape and material of the shoes.