Marikina-made shoes are known for their top-notch quality and expert craftsmanship that are at par with internationally known shoe brands. While the local industry suffered a major blow in the past due to the economy's unfortunate decline, we're seeing a second renaissance with the help of young entrepreneurs. Now, thanks to Stride Collective, shopping for Marikina-made shoes has become a lot easier and faster.
Shoe entrepreneur Tal De Guzman launched the online marketplace in December 2018. She put up the site initially with just her own shoe brand, Risqué Designs, available for purchase. Currently, Stride Collective already houses 11 brands, with a few more to become available soon.
In an interview with the local Marikina government, Tal shares that her main objective is to have more people come to city that was once known for good quality shoes. Apart from this, Stride Collective also aims to empower the local shoe artisans, whom they partner with for their “unparalleled eye for detail and tireless passion.”
Check out all the brands that they house below:
Arvel & Co.
Arvel & Co. specializes in affordable footwear you can wear every day. They have a wide selection of stylish and comfortable pairs that will easily match with just about anything in your closet.
Andanté is an Italian musical term that means "moderately slow," and this harks to their shoe-making process (interestingly, "andanté" also means "at a walking pace"). A champion of slow fashion, the brand is committed to "safe and sustainable methods of producing handmade footwear for the better impact on stakeholders and the environment."
Yen Reyes of Artisatch believes that art and sensible footwear are a match made in heaven. And so, she produces Marikina-made shoes adorned with art inspired by Shui-mo Chinese paintings.
Bella Sorelle is the perfect finishing touch to your laid-back OOTDs with their ultra comfortable and equally stylish pairs of sandals and shoes.
This local store is all about bringing locally-sourced materials, traditional shoe-making techniques, and expert Marikina craftsmanship together to provide you footwear fit for a modern wardrobe.
HolaLili will bring you a piece of our Philippine heritage with every shoe you purchase. They use handwoven textile made by local weavers that they also support.
Mika + Moko
This local brand started because the founders decided to make their own shoes when they couldn't find pairs to suit their needs and tastes. Fun fact: their handcrafted pieces are made from genuine leather and recycled materials.
Quinntas started with handmade jewelry, and now they're bringing their fun designs to footwear you'll love to wear on the daily.
This brand is the brainchild of the Stride Collective. Here, Tal De Guzman champions Filipino-made pieces that speak modernity and luxury through the brand's meticulously hand-crafted artisan products.
This local store will redefine the word "basic." Their products are made by Marikina shoe artisans using locally and ethically sourced weaves from Camarines Sur.
Kandama was originally started by the Singapore International Foundation with the support of McKinsey & Company under the Young Social Entrepreneurs Program in 2016, which organized a social enterprise for women in Kiangan, Ifugao. Kandama is all about preserving the art of handloom weaving while protecting the environment.
More brands are expected to join their roster soon, like Aesca, Design & Style, La Filippine, Leveled by Risqué, Marquina, Habi Footwear, Rippletwyne, and Shoes of au.gust.
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.