Basic Leather Shoe Care and Rejuvenation (PH Version)

I have always been frustrated about polishing shoes. Ever since I was a young boy, I would polish my shoes by using “Kiwi” and a shoe brush. I forgot if it was a horsehair or nylon brush, but just when I thought that I had done a good job I would see a classmate’s shoes done better. And in my ignorance, I would put more … Continue reading Basic Leather Shoe Care and Rejuvenation (PH Version)

Industry Categorization and Segmentation – Getting to the root cause of the problem

When one has an ailment, it helps to properly identify the problem by studying the symptoms first. Proper education is key in order to come up with a proper diagnosis and eventually a cure. The shoe industry, like manufacturing related industries, both has a mass production component and an artisanal component with a lot of hybrids in between. In order to help push our industry … Continue reading Industry Categorization and Segmentation – Getting to the root cause of the problem

Small Scale Marikina Shoemaking

Marikina has developed its own identity as the shoemaking capital of the Philippines. Over the years, trends and traditions have evolved to suit the industry demands and thus created its own brand of shoemaking. As I was learning shoemaking from a journeyman shoemaker (who eventually became Black Wing’s first foreman) during the first year of the workshop, I noticed that the local method had to … Continue reading Small Scale Marikina Shoemaking


It’s been a while since I last posted here on the blog. We have been busy tweaking our internal processes and improving our builds. As most of our returning clients from 2014-2016 would notice, our fitting and silhouettes have improved and our senior shoemakers have progressed their last making skills to be able to make a sleeker looking shoe even with a wider fit. This … Continue reading Rekindled

Business and Leisure Interview

Here is a video of an interview I did last December 2017 for sir Butch Gamboa’s Philstar column and was eventually translated into a short video feature for the Business and Leisure website under the Strictly business segment. The interview also got reactions from readers of his column. The article can be read at: We hope to bring more awareness about our industry in … Continue reading Business and Leisure Interview

Update: 2016 BWS Design Winner Shoes

I know it has been a while since these pairs were awarded to the winners but would like for you guys to see how we implemented the vision of our winners. 1. Armike Bengco – Chelsea boot captoe with custom medallion. On c013 last. Bronze calf pullside. 2. Emil Francis Floro – Brogue oxford saddlecut combination leathers. On c013 last. Oxblood calf pullside and treated … Continue reading Update: 2016 BWS Design Winner Shoes