Marikina’s Shoe Museum might be small for a museum, yet it is big enough to be the “shoe box” of over a thousand pairs of shoes belonging to presidents, senators, and ambassadors from all over the world. The gallery’s most prized collection is 800 pairs of designer shoes once owned by the shoe lady herself, former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Pride of the shoe capital
Opened in February 2001, the Shoe Museum is officially called the Footwear Museum of Marikina. It stands on a building that once wore many hats: as a former Spanish arsenal, a detention cell during the Filipino-American War, a motor pool for American soldiers, and a rice mill during the Second World War.
Nowadays, apart from showcasing the shoes Imelda used during state visits and other special functions, the museum testifies to Marikina’s once thriving shoe industry and heritage as the so-called “shoe capital of the Philippines.” This legacy is shown in vintage pictures, piles of shoe molds, and animal skins used in making shoes, all neatly arranged all over the museum.
Fees and opening hours
The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m daily except holidays. Entrance fee is P50 per person.
For tours and group visits, you may call the Marikina Cultural, Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotions Office at (632) 646-2360 loc 207/208; (632) 646-3787 (telefax) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries, contact (632) 430-9735, email@example.com or visit: http://marikina.gov.ph/.
How to get there
The museum is in J.P. Rizal Street, Barangay San Roque, Marikina City. Riding a taxi from anywhere in Manila is the best way to get there. You may also ride LRT Line-2, get off in Santolan station, take a long walk or ride a jeepney to Marikina Riverbanks and from there, take a tricycle (P30-40) going to the museum.