Marikina Shoe Museum

JP Rizal St., San Roque, Marikina, Metro Manila

Marikina Shoe Museum
3.5 Stars

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Business Hours
Reopens: 9:00a - 5:00p


  • Sunday
    • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Monday
    • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Thursday
    • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Friday
    • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Saturday
    • 9:00a - 5:00p

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Most Recent Reviews

Ivee B.
3.0 Stars

I don't know if this is a review or a commentary. I got carried away, hehe.

I'll start by saying that I love Marikina. Minus the flooding, this valley city is immaculately clean, green, and colorful. They have friendly people, affordable buys, pedestrian and biker-friendly roads, good food, sturdy shoes, and a wet market that has everything! I live in Katipunan, QC, incredibly lucky that Marikina is just a few back flips away.

I recently visited the Marikina Shoe Museum near the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church. It's also near Rustic Mornings. The entrance fee is 50 Pesos, affordable 128522.

However, I feel that the museum experience was not so interactive and informative. It was more of an "Imelda Marcos Museum" than anything else. My boyfriend, who's not Filipino and was in a "gee-I'm-in-a-museum-I-hope-I-can-learn-more-about-Filipino-culture-'coz-it's-a-museum-right" mode, said that he was disappointed, thinking that the "Marikina Shoe Museum" showcased the unique methods, materials, and history of the Marikina shoe trade. Well, it did, but only through one painting and one installation art near the entrance of the museum (a.k.a. mannequins dressed in traditional attire, depicting a manual shoe-making process).

For the rest of the guided tour, we saw the following:
1. Imelda Marcos's extensive shoe collection

Well of course seeing all those taxpayer-money-paid Pradas and Guccis was such a delight, right? And learning that Imelda owned around 25 pairs of the same shoe style, in all colors imaginable, contributed to greater knowledge, yah?  

2. Pairs of shoes owned by celebrities and politicians, "donated" to the museum.

So now that I've seen Christine Reyes's sky-high heels and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's teensy-weensy pumps, now I know that.......wait, what have I learned? Oh yes, that as long as a pair of shoes was owned by some mestiza starlet or an unapologetic ex-pres, it's worth a glass case in a museum.

3.  Famous Marikina shoe brands

I wish there was more of this. We kept asking our guide about what made "gawa sa Marikina" shoes unique and durable, and all she could say was, "Hindi ko po alam, yung style po siguro." (She was on OJT as a tourism student, so we just forgave her).  
4. A shoe mold installation art

For me, this was the most beautiful piece of art in the entire museum.

5. Paintings and portraits of Imelda Marcos.

Because Mrs. Marcos inaugurated this museum in the first place, so...  


The museum can definitely do better. Sure, keep Imelda's shoes and even the celebrities' and politicians', but add something more. As a Filipino, it was easier for me to piece these bits of information together, but what about visitors who have little or zero context of Philippine history and culture to begin with? Instead of simply displaying these pairs of shoes, it would be more informative if visitors could also learn interesting information about these famous shoe owners, e.g. GMA wore this pair when she said "I am sorry" on nationwide TV; she was so nervous, her feet swelled (I just made this up). Since it's a shoe museum, it would be interesting for visitors to think, feel, and empathize, "How was it like being in his or her shoes?"

I did learn that Kapitan Moy is the first documented shoemaker in Marikina. It is said that he started making shoes in the 1800s, deviating from the usual bakya. Some of his methods are still being utilized to this day. How I wish that the museum showcased more of Kapitan Moy and his manual shoe-making procedures. We asked the museum staff if there was a place in Marikina where we could see and experience these, and they directed us to the shoe factories. It would be nice if the museum could show this.

People deserve more than just having to force themselves to nod and say, "aahhh" while looking at archives that have been long forgotten or shoes that eat up a celebrity's closet space. More than the whats, whens, and wheres, museums can help us answer the whys and hows, even through pairs of shoes.

Thankfully, this museum doesn't define Marikina. Just like anything, it can improve, and I hope the Marikina government recognizes its great potential.

I still recommend you to visit this place to help the museum generate more funds 128515. Marikina is beautiful, and I hope this museum lives up to the city's thriving shoe trade and its precious stories.

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Cheska S.
3.0 Stars

Failed to take a photo as phone no longer had battery. The shoes placed on display (allegedly belonging to Imelda Marcos) are not well maintained. Not sure if they depreciated while on display or they were obtained that way.

The "museum" is quite small and there are very few
Shows on display. Do not expect much if you are going here so you will not be disappointed.

I would suggest that they fix more the presentation/storage/maintenance of the shoes on display and I suppose add more information and the like as Marikina is supposedly the shoe capital of the country.

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Christina A.
4.0 Stars

Not bad for a 50 peso entrance fee! I wasn't counting but I heared that Imelda's 3,000 pairs of shoes would be here. Or maybe that's just a rumor? Haha. Nonetheless, her shoes are very interesting. It's like she buys 1 shoe design in every color! I wish I could shop like that too. Lol. You'll also see here the classy and elegant style of Imelda. Most of the shoes are pumps, sling backs, boots and evening shoes. Nothing super fancy looking but the brands are of the expensive type.

Also seen here are paintings of Imelda(not by her, but paintings featuring her) and shoes worn and designed by famous artists, celebrities and politicians. Marikina shoes FTW! Support local brands! ;)

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April H.
3.0 Stars

I lived in Marikina for a while, when I was rotating as an intern... So mega tourist ang peg ko nun=P everywhere is walking distance then... I visited this place before, but I dragged my bf here this particular day... It's a small place, literally filled with shoes... My bf was being KJ so he didn't want to take pics and I reached my picture limit na daw, so I just took a pic of the place outside... I want to say that it was interesting but it's Imelda's shoes, lots of different shoes (some of them the same shoe but many pieces)... It's different=)

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Rainier N.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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