At this point, online shopping for clothes and shoes that we probably wouldn’t get to wear anytime soon (for obvious reasons) just feels utterly sayang. We don’t know about you, but these days, we’re all about buying practical items that are useful at home and perhaps for errand runs. So, let’s say you’re thinking of getting new footwear. Why not opt for those that you can constantly wear now and even way after quarantine?
Anyway, we’ve gathered up the best local shoe brands in the Philippines for sandals, slippers, and even mules! Why these three specific types of footwear, you ask? Well, these are often casual enough to go with your #PambahayChic looks, yet stylish enough to wear outside the house. We also made sure to pick those with the most interesting designs to let you (or rather, your feet) stand out. And nope, it doesn’t matter whether you really need ‘em or not — hey, who are we to judge?
Our top pick: These rattan and leather slide sandals
Tierra The Line boasts timelessly designed sandals, with each pair handcrafted by local artisans. And don’t even get us started on those intricate details! We also love how you can wear these anywhere, from a chill day at home to a tropical vacay.
Our top pick: These dainty flats with a furry top
How cute are the faux fur details of these sandals from Erin? We don’t know about you, but it definitely reminds us of Chanel Oberlin’s looks from the short-lived comedy-slasher show, Scream Queens. Perf for when you’re feeling extra but have nowhere to go (except maybe the occasional errand run)!
Our top pick: These barely-there gladiator sandals
Whoever said gladiator sandals are out of style obviously hasn’t seen those from local shoe brands like Munimuni Studio! Locally handcrafted with abaca, the thin straps make it super versatile as it is stylish. Perfect for the “yapak queens” out there who love beach-ready sandals and slippers that take minimalism to a whole new level.
Our top pick: These quilted square-toe slides
Got a big work meeting from home that you want to low-key dress up for? Might as well complete your look with these slide-and-go footwear from Olivia MNL! Clearly, a perfect blend of casual and polished.
Our top pick: These eye-catching embellished sandals
When it comes to designs that are hard to find elsewhere, Daily Schedule is one of the local shoe brands in the Philippines to watch out for. We love how these sandals have a luxurious feel that can easily dress up even the simplest outfits. Whether you’re more into neutrals or vibrant hues, there’s surely something for you!
Our top pick: These whimsical sporty platforms
Got a penchant for donning lots of bright hues in one look? Well, these athletic-looking sandals from Malaya Swim PH are what rainbow dreams are made of! Go on and take your pick among the six colour combos that they offer for these.
Our top pick: These comfy braided pairs
Take your everyday neutral-toned sandals up a notch by opting for those with chic braid details. Case in point: These pairs from Soleste Shoes! Definitely perfect for garden parties, al fresco brunches, or simply making rampa in your backyard.
Our top pick: These handcrafted beach-friendly sandals
We weren’t kidding when we said that these crisscross sandals from Malayah are absolutely perf for the beach! (Not to be confused with one of the previously mentioned local shoe brands). Featuring a durable abaca material, they’re also washable and latex-free (for those allergic to rubber). There’s also a similar version for men, if you’re feeling like twinning with your S.O.!
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Our top pick: These cushy-looking leather slides
As its name suggests, Cloud Bliss offers sandals and slippers that make you feel like you’re walking on air! Also, can we talk about how this collection reminds us of those curvy #aesthetic furniture that we see on interior design magazines? Not to mention, these slides also come in various muted yet elegant shades.
Our top pick: These cute fuzzy slippers
Leave it to local shoe brands like HUE Manila to come up with fun twists to the good ol’ tsinelas. Take this pair, for instance, which is furry all around and certainly something you’d wanna wear all day. Doesn’t it make you think of cosy evenings at home with a cup of hot cocoa in hand?
Our top pick: These statement leather flip-flops
Another on this list of local shoe brands that have an interesting take on the tsinelas is Milli Label. Check out this unique chunky pair that you can take from your home to the beach (or errands)! Made with buttery leather, these will definitely feel like comfort food for your feet.
Our top pick: These scrunchie-inspired slippers
Clearly, we’re huge fans of details — subtle or elaborate — when it comes to our sandals and slippers. And these ones from Apricot are no exception, what with their ruched straps and cushioned insoles. Take your pick between neutral or sorbet shades… or better yet, why not one pair of each?
Our top pick: This swirly mule-sandal “hybrid”
Can’t decide whether to go for mules or sandals? Well, this cute pair from Renegade Folk lets you have both! It comes in an immaculate cream shade that can complement pretty much anything in your closet. There are also variants with dual colours if you want something more eye-catching!
Our top pick: These vibrant mules with patterned knits
Whether it’s for future gatherings or quick errand runs, these pointy mules can easily spruce up your OOTD! Also, we can’t get enough of the intricate handwoven patterns on this indigenous textile from Ilocos Norte. Yup, there’s a reason why Annie & Lori is among the fast-rising local shoe brands in the Philippines that have been featured in global fashion pages.
Our top pick: These timeless suede “ballet mules”
As far as trends go, these ballet flat-inspired mules from POSH Pocket Shoes are here to stay. Aside from the plush suede material, we also love how it comes in stunning shades that are every bit aesthetically pleasing! Oh, and did we mention that these also have double padded insoles for extra comfort?
So, if you’re gonna be marupok when it comes to online shopping for new shoes, then might as well make it worth your sweldo, right? Feel free to keep us posted about which one/s you got. (*Wink.*)
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