A Dose of PILL

Local-made. Marikina, to be exact. Yes, folks. I’ve managed to stumble upon a seller of Marikina-made shoes over at the Christmas Carnivale Bazaar held at Ayala Alabang, which I went to last Saturday. This ought to be good news for those of you who are looking to buy pairs made from Marikina.

PILL. Proudly Philippine-made.

PILL, Proudly Marikina-made - Share on Ovi

When I asked the sales person regarding the designs. I was informed that the owners of Pill are behind it. Personal thoughts on the current selection (or the ones available at the bazaar), most are influenced by trends. Selling factor now boils down to quality of materials used and workmanship. Shoes are still pretty rough around the edges, clearly noticeable that they’re local, but over-all I’m pretty happy that the local shoe industry is still very much alive and active.

Sharing a couple of pairs that captured my attention.

One bears hardware as it’s studded embellishments creates a rough edge to this bootie in stilts.

Studded Bootie by PILL - Share on Ovi

The other offers a more glam take on a cross between a glad and a bootie (glootiator? I kid) But I believe this shoe design has become quite common in heeled shoes nowadays.

PILL Shoe - Share on Ovi

Store locations: Robinsons Place Manila, Theatremall – Greenhills, The Ramp – Glorietta, The Ramp – Trinoma, Crossings – Shangri-La, Robinsons Galleria

You can also check out their multiply site: http://pillfootwear.multiply.com

Have any of you bought pairs from Pill? Thoughts on the design and make?

Photos taken using my Nokia 6700 Classic; © 2009 Sasha Manuel

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  1. I have a pair and they’re the most comfortable heels I own! :)

  2. There’s also a shoe store in Festival Mall that sells shoes made in Marikina. Shop is called Andre and they sell both for kids and adults. I buy my daughter’s shoes there because they have several cute designs plus they’re super comfy. :)

  3. I’ve also found a brand of Marikina-made shoes in Greenhills and Market!Market!. They make really good flats-the material doesn’t bite into the skin and the soles are made of flexible rubber which makes the shoe really comfortable. I’ve bought 5 pairs from them so far and have been very happy with my purchases.

  4. I forgot to say, the brand is called Kimi. At P550 a pop, you can’t go wrong.


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