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…

Perspective: Dignity to the Shoemakers

Dignity can be defined as a sense of pride and self-worth. It is when you can hold your head up high and take pride in yourself with what you do and have accomplished. We can also say that having dignity improves ones perception of ones situation. A person who has a higher perception of self-worth will…

Style: Luna, S-Type and R-Type Soles

Today I’d just like to discuss the different types of crafted rubber shoe soles that we are currently using to give a more youthful flair to classic designs. It’s like putting colorful nylon NATO straps on your classic design watches which gives a new dimension to the styling and feel of the watch almost immediately….

A Tester’s Collection -Current Rotation

As someone who designs and makes shoes, it is assumed by most of the people I meet that I have the best pairs from my current collection and that I have a large selection of shoes. A large collection, maybe, with the 10 pairs in cycle; but not the best pairs. I usually test pairs…

Style: Derby Wingtip

The derby wingtip is a classic relaxed style which, depending on the color and materials, can be worn with a summer shirt + short pants combo to a black tie event. Unlike oxfords, derby lacing is generally considered to be more casual and is often seen on casual style shoes such as creepers, sneakers, and “work boots”….

Perspective: Looking Forward Part 3 – A New Marikina

In the first part of this series, we talked about the history which led to the state of the industry as we see it today. We saw how the lack of foresight and strategic planning has caused the weakening of the industry as a whole. Failure to cope with the changes resulted in the choice…

Style: Wholecut Oxfords

The wholecut oxford is easily the most formal pair that we have on our design roster. It’s minimalist and clean design makes it into the most versatile of formal wear, not to mention on of the most comfortable pairs one you find the right fit for you. The most distinguishing characteristic of a wholecut is…