Marikina City is better known in the Philippines as the nation’s shoe capital, wherein shoe-making is the main industry, and that you can buy locally-made footwear at a very affordable price, with world-class quality. Having said so, it is just fitting (no pun intended) to put up a shoe museum in the same city.
Originally known as the Footwear Museum of Marikina, the Marikina Shoe Museum was opened in 2001 by the city’s former mayor, Bayani Fernando. The building where the museum is now located was used as a former arsenal, detention cell and motor pool during war time.
The collection includes a part of former First Lady Imelda Marcos’s shoe collection; an assortment of shoes worn and donated by some significant personalities, such as politicians, ambassadors and several artists. It also includes the traditional footwear worn in different countries.
Shoe-making is Marikina’s main industry and it began even before the Spaniards arrived. It only flourished in 1887 through the efforts of Don Laureano “Kapitan Moy” Guevarra.
In the early times, when trees were still abundant, the shoe lasts used were made of wood. Since the decline of the number of trees, and based on the government’s order, wooden shoe lasts were replaced by plastic ones, which are environment-friendly and are also lighter. Shoe lasts, by the way, are a wooden reproduction of the foot that gives the fitting quality, walking ease and stylish appearance of the shoe.
The guides, though there are only a couple of them, were friendly and knowledgeable about the history and further information that you ask them about the museum and its collections.
Marikina Shoe Museum
J.P. Rizal St., San Roque, Marikina City
(632) 646-2360 loc. 208 (Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office)
Museum Hours: Mondays-Sundays, 8am to 5pm (Lunch break: 12nn-1pm); Closed on Holidays
|Php50||General Admission Fee|