Brisbane Arcade welcomes the newest addition to its portfolio of respected Australian designers with the opening of the Vein Shoe Store.

Vein Shoe Store is not just any shoe store. Like most of the boutiques housed in the grand heritage city shopping arcade, Vein’s design ethos revolves around principles of quality, creativity and individuality.

Founder and head designer, Christopher McCallum, has set out to create shoes that boast both quality craftsmanship and an urban design edge.

“Our main point of difference is that we’re original Australian-designer footwear. We don’t water down other styles from elsewhere,” explains McCallum.

Each shoe is hand made by world-renowned cobblers who have decades of experience in their craft – from the initial stages of hand sketched designs and pattern making to the painstaking construction of a genuine style statement, of which there will only be 10 to 100 pairs released worldwide.

It is due to the high quality and urban eclecticism of its shoes that Vein has appeared in numerous fashion shows for luxury international labels including Hugo Boss, Kenzo and Tommy Hilfiger.

As well as stocking the store’s eponymous label, Vein Shoe Store also caters to women in the form of local shoe brand, Kitty Croquet.

Located at the Adelaide Street end of the arcade, the new store joins around 50 other retailers, the majority of which are home grown Brisbane businesses, providing a showcase of local talent and including some of the best and most awarded designers, manufacturers and buyers in the industry. 

Long term notable retailers include Bora, Tengdahl, Darb Bridal Couture, Stones Jewellers, Maryons Shoes, Keri Craig, Robert White Jeweller and Darrell Lea.

Brisbane Arcade runs from the Queen Street Mall through to Adelaide Street and was built in 1923 for Dr James Mayne and his sister Miss Mary Emelia Mayne.  The Arcade continues to be operated today in its original form by the Trustees of the siblings’ estate and proceeds from the trust support the University of Queensland Medical School and medical research.