Local footwear brands to shop for your 'kasut Raya'
The trick to wearing the right pair of shoes during the festive season of Hari Raya is to find one that you can easily slip in and out off while you do your 'rumah terbuka' rounds. Fidgeting with straps, laces, buckles and zips is the last thing you want to do when you're at the tenth house on your list. Let's not forget you're most likely in your formal wear or baju kurung, so reaching down to undo your shoes will be an added struggle.
In the event Raya will fall during an extended MCO, we can kiss that rule goodbye this year. Hari Raya in 2020 will be celebrated very differently from what we're used to, but doesn't mean we cannot celebrate the festive season in the comfort of our own homes with our immediate family. Look on the bright side, this may be a good opportunity where you can pick form over function!
Made with "animal-friendly leather", Kulet's selection of neutral-toned slip in heels and sandals make the perfect Raya addition. They can be paired with literally any colour, and the no-fuss slip in designs are easy to wear, too and can be worn for many festive occasions, well beyond the MCO.
Nelissa Hilman has a new collection in time for Raya 2020! The Kota Raya collection features strappy mules and slingback sandals, all ready for you to shop on their website. The new additions sees dainty silhouettes balanced with a monochromatic marbled block heel for a modern twist.
Nazifi Nasri is known for crafting mens footwear, but has since ventured into womens as of 2019. TBH, we wouldn't mind slipping into his popular backless loafers—we're all for gender-neutral attire! They're so sought after that he takes these orders in batches. Unfortunately, due to the MCO, the recent batch in time for Raya 2020 has been delayed, but his leather sandals are still up for grabs!
Yoke & Theam
Founded by two sisters whose family business specialised in shoes, Yoke & Theam is built on decades of heritage and legacy, appropriated for the modern wearer. The brand first started with heeled sandals for women, but have since gone into new territory with rugged and more masculine silhouettes for men. Every aspect of Yoke & Theam's shoes are locally sourced, from the leather to the rubber soles, so buying a pair means you're supporting the local industry!
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Would you like to own a style as impeccable as the founder, Ung Yiu Lin? Good news: You can come very close if you shop from the store's trendy selections. Up your style game this Raya 2020 by putting your best foot forward in a wide array of heel styles and heights. More good news: We hear they're having a sale.