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LOOK: Find your perfect Marikina-made shoe in this Makati ‘shoeroom’

Vernise Tantuco

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LOOK: Find your perfect Marikina-made shoe in this Makati ‘shoeroom’
Marquina Shoemaker's 'shoeroom' is a shoe store with a twist

MANILA, Philippines – Traditional shoemaking meets modern styles at Marquina Shoemaker, a footwear brand that’s gone from making a name for themselves online to a opening a brick and mortar “shoeroom” – yes, that’s a showroom for shoes.

Marquina’s shoeroom gives customers the tactile experience they miss out on when they’re buying shoes online. They get to try on shoes to get a sure fit, get a feel of their chosen pair’s leather, and see if the pair will suit them and their style.

The shoeroom doesn’t have stocks for sale, though. After a customer decides on a pair, they can order them online and wait 3 weeks for them to be delivered to their doorstep.

If the waiting time turns you off Marquina’s shoes, just remember that it’s all for the sake of authenticity – every pair is made to order and handmade in Marikina.

Their shoeroom also offers shoe-shining services for when your shoes get old and worn.

Interested in experiencing Marquina’s shoeroom for yourself? Check it out at 7635 Guijo Street, San Antonio, Makati. – Rappler.com

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Vernise Tantuco is on Rappler's Research Team, fact checking suspicious claims, wrangling data, and telling stories that need to be heard.