2016 Shoe Design Contest Entries and Winners

I know this post has been long overdue, I apologize to the winners as we started the year with vacation lag and its taking a bit of time for the team to catch it’s rhythm again. Last December 2016, I announced that we will have a design contest with the theme Shoes for the Modern…

Business: An Evolving Model

As our third year is coming to a close, I want to share the concepts and principles that we applied into the creation of Black Wing Shoes. This will be a series of topics which will tell the back story of my personal experiences which eventually led to Black Wing. It is not exclusively about…

2016 Black Wing Shoe Design Contest

As 2016 is coming to a close, we want to show our appreciation to our followers for years of encouragement and support. This time, we would like to see your creative side and so we will be holding the first Black Wing Shoe Design contest. Theme Shoes for the Modern Pinoy Gentleman Prize One (1)…

Style: Design Direction 2017

As the year is coming to a close, I have observed the changing trends which have shifted starting from the latter half of this year which would most likely persist throughout 2017. Due to the adoption of classic styles by fashion brands such as H&M into their collections, certain classics have been relegated to have…

Perspective: Alternative Path to Upward Mobility Through Apprenticeship

Upward mobility is the ability to better ones life through work and investments. A liberal economy strives to give everyone equal opportunity for upward mobility; but in reality, those who are less fortunate are at a distinct disadvantage since conditions are less favorable for them in order to move up the socioeconomic strata. This is one…

Style: Breathing New Life Into Old Pairs

As with all things, shoes get old and we sometimes lose interest in the way it looks since, well, it’s old already. But there are ways on how to remedy this and give old leather shoes a new feel. There are normally two ways to go about this, first is to basically recondition the pair…

Perspective: Scaling and Impact

Black Wing Shoes started out as a personal experiment. I had originally wanted, like any other traditional business, to create a workshop which has a ready market by making mass production goods. Before this endeavor though, I’ve had some experience in marketing and managing custom IT services which helped in shaping Black Wing into what it…

Style: Shoe Patina and Coloring

There is a drive to always further oneself and try to reach for that next level in search for the “more”. In the order of priority for shoe making, once the basics of fittings and styling are covered, one moves to develop the aesthetics of the shoe even further than just creating a sleek silhouette. The…

Thoughts: What is Essential?

I think it is timely, with the trending change, that we challenge what was taught to us by the dominant institutions. Growing up, we have been taught many things through experience and education. While I am not contesting the validity and relevance of what was taught to us, I am wondering if what they taught…

Style: BWS Shoe Last Guide

The shoe last is the basic building block of any shoe. It determines the shape, fit, instep, pattern and support of the shoe. It is the foundation in which the design will be built around in order to achieve the desired look. One could say that it is the soul of the shoe which will…

Vision: Creating New Industry Enterprise and a New Middle Class

Black Wing is not only about making shoes. This is a personal endeavor to introduce something different to the industry by offering an alternative, not only for consumers but for entrepreneurs and shoemakers as well. I am not trying to change mainstream business, I am trying to provide a new dimension to it. By incorporating…

Style: Bulacan Pullside Leathers

We often talk about matching the style of shoes with the color of our suit or the attire in which we will wear it with. Aside from the shoe style though, we have to consider the leather type and color when matching with our getup. Leather types also help in reinforcing a specific look. A…