“More than anything, this museum will symbolize the spirit and culture of the Filipino people.” – Imelda Marcos
Marikina City is the Shoe Capital of the Philippines due to its rich history of footwear industry that dates back hundreds of years ago. It is only fitting that it has a dedicated edifice that houses some of the most important shoes in the Philippines.
The Shoe Museum in Marikina City is a place that showcases not only hard work of the local magsasapatos (footwear makers) but also the ostentatious vanity of former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Mrs. Marcos, specifically her infamous collection of more than 3,000 shoes that paved her way to the Guinness Records as the person with the most number of shoes, is the main draw of the Shoe Museum. 800 pairs of her collection made their way to Marikina City and are now housed in glass cabinets so the common Filipinos can gawk at them and marvel at the amount of money spent on footwear instead of paying the national debt of the Philippines.
Some fun facts about Imelda Marcos and her shoes:
- Imelda Marcos’ shoe size is 8 ½ inches or 21.6 cm
- Imelda Marcos did not wear high heels when she was with husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos.
- As mentioned above, 800 out of Imelda Marcos’ 3,000 pairs of shoe collection are in the Shoe Museum.
- The Imelda Marcos shoe collection includes famous international shoe brands like Ferragamo. Givenchy, Chanel, Christian Dior, Charles Jourdan and Bally.
- During her time as first lady, Imelda Marcos was very active in the promotion of the Marikina Shoe Industry.
- Imelda Marcos was given an average of ten (10) pairs of shoes by the Marikina magsasapatos every week*.
*If one multiplies 10 pairs of shoes by 52 weeks in a year and then by 20 years that Ferdinand Marcos lorded over the Philippines like it was his own playground, the 3,000 pairs of shoes makes sense. If only all her shoes were local brands.
The Imelda Marcos shoe collection on display at Shoe Museum takes up the entire second floor. The shoes fill up several glass cabinets. Some of the cabinets have photos of Mrs. Marcos rubbing elbows with world leaders in her capacity as the representative of the Philippines to these political, economic and social events. Despite the negativity that surrounds her family legacy, one cannot deny Mrs. Marcos’ remarkable beauty and keen eye for fashion.
For more information, please read Shoe Museum – Marikina City, Part II.
Where: Shoe Museum is at the corner of J. P. Rizal Street and Mendoza Street in Marikina City. It is a short walk from Our Lady of the Abandoned and the house of Kapitan Moy Guevarra.
When: Shoe Museum is open for public viewing from Monday to Sunday except on holidays, from 8am to 5pm, with lunch break from 12noon to 1pm. It is open to walk-ins and group tours.
How much: The entrance fee for Shoe Museum is P50.00 (US $1.17) per person.
How: I do not know how I got there. 🙂 I just relied on the help of nice strangers from Marikina. 🙂 I think one can take a jeep bound for Marikina-Bayan from Gateway (Aurora Boulevard) or from Katipunan LRT Station.