If you’re a self-confessed shoe addict who’s looking for the best value for your money (like most broke millennials out there), you don’t need to look any further. There are tons local shoe brands out there that are more than able to give you stylish and unique footwear to complete your best OOTDs. Other than the fact that they’re more budget-friendly than international competitors, these brands put a spotlight on Filipino craftsmanship and locally sourced and produced materials. Plus, it’s always a grand thing to support the Filipino economy.
These six labels right here may have been around for a while, but have continued to create only the coolest footwear to make us look fly. From Doc Martens-inspired boots to chic boho sandals, there’s something for everyone. Check out these Scout-approved local footwear brands for your next shoe shopping trip.
Renegade Folk started way back in 2007 with a group of young Filipino entrepreneurs who wanted to showcase local craftsmanship in footwear. From small pop-ups in seasonal bazaars, they are now one of the most followed local footwear brands in the country. They’re recognized for making comfortable leather slip-ons that don’t sacrifice comfort for style (and vice versa).
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For the nature lovers who want suede slip-ons that are comfortable to wear, Wolfe is the brand for you. Inspired by everything earth and nature, the brand features warm and neutral tones that are best for your next beach trip.
For dainty leather pieces, Apricot Shoes is your go-to. The local brand has slip-ons and sandals that are handmade in Marikina (which is of course, famous for their shoes), with pastel colors that may just catch the eyes of y’all girly girls out there. Another plus? Their products are all under P1000! Don’t know about you, but that’s a total steal to us.
Don’t worry, guys. We got you. If you’re a dude looking for quality leather boat shoes that won’t burn a hole in your pockets, The Nobleman is the brand for you. For around P2000, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with handcrafted shoes that embody the classic Filipino gentleman.
Ylla Shoes is famous for footwear that use responsibly-sourced materials from all over the country. They highlight hand-woven textiles in their designs, with colorful fabrics and unique designs that are 100% Filipino-made.
Looking for sturdy leather boots that fit your budget? Ditch the Doc Martens that only your parents can afford to buy for you. We got you covered. Rob & Mara has leather boots that are handcrafted, stylish, comfortable, and made with 100% authentic leather, too. But if boots aren’t your style, don’t fret. They also have sandals, moccasins, and loafers that will fit your own personal style.
By Bea Amador
Photos courtesy of Rob & Mara