The Marikina Shoe Museum – take a little walk on the wild side

 

Marikina shoe museum
The Marikina City Shoe Museum – A Unique and Often Overlooked Museum in Metro-Manila

Marikina is considered the shoe capital of the Philippines so it’s only fitting it is to the Marikina shoe museum.

Today the museum houses the largest pair of shoes in the world and has its place in the Guinness Book of World Records. 

The museum is in a Spanish period arsenal that was used as a detention cell during the Philippines-American war. One of its famous captors was General Macario Sakay, a leader of the Katipunan.

Marikina shoe museum
Shoe lover: Imelda Marcos visiting the Marikina shoe museum.

Today it houses a museum that is a fitting tribute to the region that his home to some of the best shoe makers in the country.

Not only will you see the largest shoes in the world but you’ll also see some of Emelda Marcos’ famous collection of footwear.

You can also gaze at the many shoes from the city- ‘shoe competitions’ held over the years. There are displays on making shoes and a diorama that shows the various methods and history of shoe making in Marikina.

The museum also houses many shoes from famous brands including Gucci, CoCo Chanel and more and historical photos of the high society of the Philippines adorn the walls.

The shoemaking industry in Marikina began in 1887 through the pioneering efforts of Don Laureano “Kapitan Moy” Guevarra. Kapitan Moy started experimenting with shoemaking when the soles of his own imported shoes broke.
For want of a shoe repair shop nearby he tried to fix his shoes. At that time only the Chinese located in Manila were engaged in shoe repair and manufacture. Marikenos were already engaged in the limited production of slippers and clogs, or bakya, even before the coming of the Spaniards.

Marikina shoe museum

Kapitan Moy separated the different parts of his shoes, studying closely the intricacies of how the shoe was put together. Tiburcio “Busyong” Eustaquio, a wooden clog maker, made a pair of shoe lasts for Kapitan Moy to help him in his experiments. The tools used in making the first Marikina shoes were borrowed from blacksmiths in Marikina and Pasig. Kapitan Moy, after several unsuccessful attempts, succeeded in making the first pair of Marikina shoes.

Marikina shoe museum
The Marikina shoe museum contains the largest pair of shoes in the world.

FACTFILE:

Location

J P Rizal Street, San Roque, Marikina City

Hours

8am-5pm (Monday – Sunday)

Lunchbreak 12-1pm

Closed on Holidays

Admission – 50 pesos 

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