10 Stylin' Local Footwear Brands to Check Out Right Now

Your next pairs should be from these homegrown labels.

 

(SPOT.ph) The love for local brands extends to footwear. Some of the brands featured here are owned by the new generation of entrepreneurs from traditional shoemaking families of Marikina who are determined to revive the city’s sapatos industry as they improve on processes and elevate the quality. Equally impressive, too, are the brands that incorporate tribal patterns and indigenous fabrics.

 

Kudos to them for showing that Filipino-made footwear are not meant to be looked down on, but to be worn, admired, and—perhaps the most millennial seal of approval—shoefied.

 

 

Renegade Folk

Designed and handcrafted by local artisans, Renegade Folk encourages you to #ownyourstep—quirks and all—with their range of casually elegant genuine leather sandals that are hand-cut, hand-stapled, and hand-lasted. We give them extra points for giving their pairs whimsical names like “Love Redefined in Gold” (P2,350), understated heeled sandals with braided straps, and “Hey Love in Leopard” (P1,890), subtly sexy sandals with patterned thin straps. Shipping to Metro Manila typically takes two to three working days; three to four for provincial areas.

 

Shop their products online or visit any of their branches and stockists. Find them on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

Wataru

Not yet in the mood for summer? Let us get you in a sunny, playful mood with Wataru’s lineup of lovely abaca-canvas pairs that come in different styles: mary janes, wedges, unisex slip-ons. These light and made-for-walking pairs come in plain, classic solid colors or with a bit of embellishment like embroidered flowers or even personalized initials. 

 

Shop their products online. Wataru is available in Collezione branches at Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 2, SM Megamall, Trinoma, and Alabang Town Center.

 

 

Posh Pocket Shoes

Even if you’re not looking to buy foldable shoes, Posh Pocket Shoes’s pretty styles are still worth checking out whether it’s a pair of loafers, ballerina flats, or strappy sandals. We love their minimalist “The Emma” sandals (P1,200) and the covertly sexy “Pointy Basic” flats (P1,100) with just the right vamp to reveal toe cleavage. Made of vegan leather and handcrafted in Marikina, their shoes are comfortable and come with a free envelope-style mini purse. Nationwide shipping takes one to three working days, while international shipping takes seven to 10 days.

 

Shop their products online. Posh Pocket Shoes is at LG9 Alfaro Place, San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

 

 

The Nobleman

The Nobleman specializes in good-quality, stylish boat shoes that don’t break the bank at around P1,850 a pair. In keeping with its local roots, their pairs go by such names as Rizal, Simoun, and Ibarra (brush up on Noli and Fili if these don’t ring a bell). While most styles are for men, they do have a number of unisex pairs perfect for everyday walks and weekend getaways.

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Shop their products online.

 

 

Lupe Saenz Shoes

This Marikina-made brand takes pride in following traditional shoe-making methods primarily using genuine leather for uppers, including the soles for some of the styles. Trust us, they have a style for everyone, even for kids. Fancy a dressy pair of flats? The Amanda (P2,650) with its pointy toes and criss-cross straps is for you. Game for a unique statement pair? The Isabel with its woven leather and Tinalak fabric is right up your alley. And if you’re seeking a true one-off, they can customize a pair for you.

 

Shop their products online.

 

 

Ylla Shoes

Ylla Shoes is not just a homegrown label, but also a brand that takes pride in shoes made of responsibly-sourced materials from different parts of the country. We like that they let make use of indigenous, upcycled fabrics and let traditional weaves shine in their designs. There’s the Siqua Yakan Oxfords (P2,495) that combines genuine suede leather with the geometric pattern of Yakan, an indigenous tribe in the Sulu Archipelago, the Basey Banig Flats (P950) featuring the traditional colorful mat some of you may remember from your childhood, and the Corso Espadrilles (P1,200) with Tinalak cloth made of dyed abaca fibers.

 

Shop their products online.

 

 

Gold Dot

Around since 2010, Gold Dot makes pairs that are perfect to slip when you want to look effortlessly chic. Take your pick from the Uli mules in tan or red with its understated gold chain, the chunky low-heeled Umma sandals that come in delectable pastels, and the lovely Tori oxfords in white and caramel. They have playful styles, too, like the Sandra lace-up sandals and the fluffy Uri sandals. Some pairs are readily available while some are open for pre-order or can be made to order.

 

Shop their products online.

 

 

Black Wing Shoes

We want to provide an alternative [to big brands] by establishing a small workshop with a core group of skilled workers who are also driven to improve their craft,” says the brains behind the Marikina-based Black Wing Shoes on their informative and passionately written “About” page. Aside from their men’s shoes (pairs start at around P3,000) such as the One Oxford Wingtip and the Brogue Derby Imperials, BWS also offers these services: custom-fit footwear, customized design, and restoration / reconditioning / resoling.

 

Shop their products online.

 

 

Annie & Lori

It’s easy to mistake Annie and Lori for a foreign label especially since international bloggers and models have been seen wearing their timeless, sophisticated leather sandals, but really, it’s a proud local brand. They prioritize comfort and it shows in their range of sandals in perhaps every strap configuration possible—you’d definitely find something that’s right for you! Our top picks: Ciara with its asymmetric band, the Nicolai with its peep-toe design and sling-back straps, and the multi-strapped Karlie.

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Shop their products online.

 

 

Sala Chaussures

Chaussure is a fancy French term for shoes—and quite a fitting name for a brand that specializes in footwear that the owners themselves describe as “decadent.” They make gold sandals with oversized bows (“Atalanta Petite,” P1,850), a pair with dramatic back details (“Kitsune” flats, P1,600), and pumps with show-stopping wing accents (“Titania,” P2,700). Their festive styles are bound to add spring to your step and whimsy to your walk.

 

Shop their products online.

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