5 Marikina Shoe Brands You Should Check Out This 2018
The Marikina shoe industry is well and alive. It might not look like it but some of the brands you see in malls or pop-ups are actually made by Marikina’s best sapateros. Start-up shoe businesses constantly create with Marikina’s best hands to give you pieces that are modern and fashionable while also high-quality and practical.
Here are 5 brands of Marikina-made shoes you should check out before 2018 ends:
1. Antonio Manila
Antonio Manila is a Marikina-made shoe brand that focuses on men’s dress shoes and loafers. All items are delicately made by a well-known manufacturer of high-performance military and safety shoes in Marikina City, Gibson’s Shoes. This brand, while it has a physical store in Marikina City, still has some items up on Zalora to keep up with the convenience of online shopping.
Price Range: Php 1,950 – Php 2,600
Visit them at 33 Katipunan St. Concepcion 1, Marikina City.
2. Black Wing Shoes
Black Wing Shoes specializes in custom-fit leather shoes and all require a fitting appointment beforehand. You just have to schedule a fitting, show up at their Marikina workshop, and finalize a design. There are no limits to your custom pair’s design so you can finally have a pair of shoes that only you have.
This Marikina shoe brand might look like they just do men’s dress shoes but they also make women’s brogues and loafers in men’s styling. They have a sub-brand called ‘Dapper Tod‘ that focuses on kids’ sized leather dress shoes.
Check out their website for more information.
3. Lupe Saenz
Lupe Saenz is a Marikina shoe brand that focuses on women’s shoes. All items are handcrafted leather shoes by expert craftsmen based in the country’s shoe capital. Lupe Saenz’s shoe collections go on for days! There are various designs for sandals, heels, and ballet flats that will last long despite the country’s weather conditions. Now that it’s June, it’s time to replace that pair you already know isn’t going to last in the rain.
4. Risqué Designs by TAL
Risqué Designs is a brand that weaves modernity and luxury in every pair of shoes. The founder, Tal de Guzman, knew that the local crafts have so much potential to be transformed into modern designs. So this is exactly what she did for Marikina made shoes.
Risqué Designs’s collections consist of ready-to-wear pieces and even runway-ready pairs. Through their website, you can send your measurements for them to make custom shoes just for you.
Since 2013, the brand has been a staple at the Manila FAME International. They have a showroom in Marikina and a pop-up at Glorietta.
5. Renegade Folk
Renegade Folk was created as a response to Marikina’s dwindling shoe business. Because of ‘the rise of fast fashion production methods abroad,’ as Renegade Folk observes, a lot of Marikina’s talented shoemakers were left without jobs. This is why the brand consistently creates with the country’s best sapateros in Marikina, and offers high quality and fashionable pieces to the market.