Like wrinkly clothes, a pair of worn-out shoes can cause you to look sloppy and unpresentable. So when shopping for your next go-to shoes, you want to be on the lookout for a pair that won't easily show signs of wear and tear—you know, those leather shoes that peel off or wrinkle after a month of use? Luckily, you don't need to look far for sophisticated and quality footwear; Marikina has always been well-known for their handcrafted leather shoes that prove to be matibay and stylish, too! For proof, check out these picks below: 

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Cora and Bear 

Cora and Bear will make you want to wear more color and will even remind you to have a little fun with your wardrobe! This local label is all for bright, playful heels that can spice up your serious all-black outfits. They artfully combine loud hues together like pink and red or blue and yellow, and these interesting color combos make each pair all the more unique. The chances of you bumping into someone wearing the same pair is slim! 

TRY: Cora and Bear Tango Knot Heeled Sandals in Berry, P1,450, available on Seek The Uniq 

TRY: Cora and Bear Tango Knot Heeled Sandals in Rainforest, P1,450, available on Seek The Uniq 

TRY: Cora and Bear Salsa Block Heeled Sandals in Spring, P1,450, available on Seek the Uniq 

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Giovanne The Label 

Upgrade your everyday footwear with this local brand’s ballerina flats that feature an edgy, square toe silhouette and a classy, low heel for that subtle update. These handcrafted soles made with synthetic, vegan leather are available in neutral colors, and so they'll be easy to match with anything in your closet.

FN TIP: Opt for a leg-lengthening nude hue to add a few inches to your height!

TRY: Giovanne The Label The Lily, P1,550, available on gvnthelabel.com  

If you're looking to add a new, comfy pair of heels to your arsenal, you might want to check out Giovanne The Label’s square-toe heels, too; its low, block heel provides ample support for maximum comfort and its thin straps and square silhouette add a sexy touch to your work (and even after-office dates) OOTDs. 

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TRY: Giovanne The Label The Selene, P1,450, available on gvnthelabel.com 

Renegade Folk

Allow your feet to breathe on weekends, especially now that the crazy hot summer weather is coming. Renegade Folk is brimming with sandal options, where each pair is locally crafted in Marikina and made with genuine leather, so you can be sure that it'll last through seasons after seasons. 

 

TRY: Renegade Folk Stay In White, P1,920, U.P Town Center, Ayala The 30th, and Glorietta 3


TRY: Renegade Folk Sunset in Taupe, P1,920, U.P Town Center, Ayala The 30th, and Glorietta 3

Posh Pocket Shoes

Who says you gotta look a little less sophisticated when you change into your flats? When your feet need to take a break from wearing heels all day at work, you can slip into a pair of Posh Pocket Shoes' foldable, leather flats to keep your chic vibe going. 

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When one thinks of "foldable" flats, ballerina shoes easily come to mind, but they've got more fashion-forward styles worth checking out, from loafers, sandals, to slides. They're locally made by Marikina artisans, and are crafted with double-cushioned soles to keep your feet extremely happy. 

True to its name "pocket shoes," the flats are foldable to "almost the size of a camera," states Posh Pocket Shoes on their website. Each pair comes with a mini pouch to store your rollable flats. 

 


TRY: Posh Pocket Shoes The Mia, P910 (from P1,300), available on poshpocketsonline.com 

Gold Dot 

Too lazy to dress up for work? Slip into Gold Dot’s pointed mules to look sleeker in an instant. They come in a variety of colors and finishes; take your pick from pastel-colored leather slides that’ll add a lovely feminine touch to your office OOTD, to bright, colorful suede versions that can hide your lazy day mood! 

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TRY: Gold Dot Rea Mules, price available upon request 


TRY: Gold Dot Rea Mules, price available upon request 


TRY: Gold Dot Uli Mules, price available upon request 

HERS by Godfather 

If you want to switch things up, oxford shoes are another stylish flat shoe option for daily use! Get yours custom-made at HERS By Godfather, the women’s line of renowned Marikina shoemaker Godfather, for a quality leather pair that won’t peel off after months of use—especially if you plan to wear them almost every day of the week. These polished soles would make a great contrast to your dainty dresses and it would even add a cool factor to your office slacks. 

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TRY: HERS By Godfather Gaea, price available upon request 

TRY: HERS By Godfather Julia, price available upon request 

TRY: HERS By Godfather Kelsey, price available upon request 

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