Retaso Project Update

Back towards the end of 2015, I had this idea of making use of scrap/leftover leathers (retaso) as base materials for shoes to give them a second use instead of just being scrapped or be used for smalls like key chains and cable organizers. I wanted the scrap leathers to fulfill a more functional role…

Business: Servant, Master, Slave

In a world where big businesses have taken over the majority of the market, small and micro brands have to find a way in order to survive and etch their mark in the ever changing whims of the consumer market. The nature of small businesses though allows it to be flexible and can implement changes quicker…

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…