An afternoon at the Marikina Shoe Museum

That time I hobbled to the Shoe Capital of the Philippines to check out their Shoe Museum.

I’m on a medical walking boot right now, but that still didn’t stop me from grabbing the chance to drop by Marikina’s Shoe Museum last month. Formerly known as the Footwear Museum of Marikina, the shoe museum is a nod to the city’s status of being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. It is home to an assortment of shoes from famous personalities like former Philippine presidents, senators, ambassadors, and mayors. It is also a showcase of traditional footwear from various countries as well as entries from previous shoe design competitions.

Our visit to the museum was brief but informative. It was, in fact, the first stop of our day trip to the city. The entire afternoon gave us insights about the heyday of shoemaking in Marikina. We hope someone comes up with an initiative to spur the industry again.

Entrance. The museum is actually smaller than I expected it to be.

I had to take a photo of Mr. Bayani Fernando’s shoes. I respect this former mayor’s go-getter attitude.

No-nonsense and practical, just like the late judge and Senator.

I love the design, except that wearing something like this might make me prone to another foot injury. Yikes!

A very fanciful entry from a past shoe design contest.

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is so regal!

A few shoe facts.

Curious trivia

800 of Mrs. Marcos’s 3000 pairs of shoes are on display in the museum. The entire mezzanine of the structure carries her shoes.

The museum does not house any pair of shoes from former President Cory Aquino. When we asked the personnel why, they said they requested Mrs. Aquino’s family for a pair, but that their request was declined.

Useful information

The museum’s personnel will give you a passport to the city upon payment of the admission fee. Inside the pages are descriptions about all the city’s major attractions. You can ask the personnel for more information about those. You can also ask them for tips on where to buy quality shoes. You’re at the Shoe Capital!

Parking spaces are limited, but it’s near a church (Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish), so you can also park there.

Admission is Php 50. per person.

It’s located at J.P. Rizal St., San Roque, Marikina City.

They’re open daily from 8:00 AM — 5:00 PM, with a lunch break from 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM. They’re closed on holidays.

For more information, visit the city’s official website or call the Marikina City Tourism, Culture, and the Arts Office (MCTCAO) at 646–2360 loc. 208.

It’s almost the end of summer. If you’re looking for alternative choices to the beach, try visiting cultural landmarks such as Marikina’s Shoe Museum. This option’s year-round and season-proof. :)

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