I’m a bag-over-shoes person. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about my shoes. Fact is, shoes can make or break an outfit more than a bag can! I’m probably at my fattest now, so I rely on my comfy heels to make me look ten pounds thinner.
And for my skinny jeans to look great on my not-so-long legs. See, I’ve always hesitated to buy skinny jeans and leggings because of my infamous thunder thighs. But skinny jeans are just so pretty and colorful and comfy and “in” that I could not resist but to buy! However, upon wearing them, I was disheartened: I look squat wearing them! Ugh! I thought I was going to say goodbye to them forever, but then I got these fab shoes from The Shoe Center!
The minute I laid eyes on these wedge booties, it was love at first sight. And it did not disappoint! The first time I wore them to my class, a student who was busily answering her practice could not help but look at them and quip: Nice shoes Ma’am! Mind you, this was a sixth grader! And then during recess time, students would come up to me and say, “Ma’am, I love your shoes!” O ‘di ba? 😉
I love these wedge booties so much that when I updated my and Raviv’s portfolio in our agency, this was what I wore.
I look tall and lithe, don’t I? 😉 And even online, other fashionable gals could not help but ask me about my shoes.
See?!? 🙂 Such a headturner! I was wearing a knit top with very loud colors yet it was my shoes everyone noticed.
So now, I would like to introduce you all to the fabulous store that gave me this pair: The Shoe Center!
The Shoe Center is a venue built to be a showroom for some of the best local brands and manufacturers. It opened its first store eight years ago at the Greenhills Shopping Center. It houses some of the most venerable brands in Marikina shoe history, which include:
- B-Club/Leaveland – one of the oldest shoe manufacturing companies in Marikina, American Golden Shoes was established in the early 1950’s and used to own, arguably, the biggest shoe factory in the area. They supplied locally as well as exported shoes in their time. It has maintained its brand line-up through the years but has since then transformed one of their factories into a restaurant events place with a solid touch of history aptly named “Industrya”.
- Carmellete’s – established in 1958, Carmellete’s Shoes is one of the oldest still-active manufacturing company in the industry. They started with dancing shoes and basic black office pumps. The company’s new generation has infused glammed up fashion shoes in their roster and are doing fabulously well in the category.
- Centropelle – a pioneer of the Marikina Shoe Expo, opened its first store in 1975. It has since evolved into a uber trendy line.
- Rusty Lopez – a prolific designer of the 1970’s, he has launched the careers of some of the biggest brands in Philippine retail. His shoe line started gaining popularity in the 1980’s so much so that it has eclipsed the apparel line and is presently known more as a shoe brand.
- Maritalia – also owned by the Rusty Lopez group of companies, Maritalia boasts of owning one of the country’s biggest and more advanced shoe factory in Marikina. It combines Italian and German technologies with homegrown craftsmanship hence the name Mari(kina)-(I)Talia.
- Gibi Shoes – owned by Stefano Footwear Corp., who started in 1974 under Pento Shoe Supply, a supply manufacturing firm. In 1982 they launched their first brand Gibi Shoes. They currently also hold the license to manufacture Florshiem Kids in the Asia Pacific.
- Checkpoint – made by Barry Shoe Manufacturing, a firm in the forefront of shoe exporting since 1972.. They have exhibited all over the world and currently has a capacity output of 75,000 pairs p.a. It was for these reasons that they were awarded the license to manufacture Fred Perry shoes but has since re-focused and launched their own brand named Checkpoint in 2010.
- Ferretti Shoes – established in 1979 as Cecilia, they sold solely in department stores and were manufactured in-house. In 1996 they launched Ferretti Shoes. Prudent expansion and a clear vision of the brand has made the brand popular among a particular category of women. It has ceased it’s own in-house manufacturing instead has enlisted a handful of carefully selected Marikina-based suppliers.
- Ohrelle – launched in 1973, they were able to keep up with the ever changing, often turbulent, fashion seasons and is still relevant. Though never into manufacturing, they’ve always stuck with what they do best – designing beautiful shoes.
- Marie Nicole by Figlia – established in 1986, Figlia used to manufacture their own shoes, today it has expanded their brand line-up that includes Shubizz, Sorores, Figliarina and the license for Barbie Shoes among others.
- Mondi – owned by a professional cobbler, in 1986, established D’Mondi Shoe Hauz, a major shoe supplier. In 2000 they decided to launch their own line simply as Mondi.
- Suki Shoes – opened their store in Greenhills 1986, one of the first stand alone boutique brands in the area. It has since then been an iconic brand in the Greenhills retail scene.
- Rossana Peña by Jeanna Faeldan
- Cathryn & Charles – another Greenhills veteran
- Bianca Shoes,
- Rusty Lopez Kids
- Gibi Kids
- Suki Kids
Other Marikina and locally made brands
- Mark R
- Islander group
- Virgo Vane – leather slippers
- Jie Jays – leather slippers
plus the imported brands GBX, Otz, Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Azaleia, and the height-increasing shoes Bradford.
The Shoe Center definitely got it all for you! So go visit it at the Groundfloor of Greenlanes Arcade, Greenhill Shopping Center, San Juan, Metro Manila. You may contact them through telephone number (02) 726 5931, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see photos of their drool-worthy shoes, visit their website at https://www.loveshoecenter.com/, and follow them on Instagram, @theshoecenter.
*Store and shoes photos provided by The Shoe Center
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