Shoes in the City (

(This “Shoe” article was published in last August 2009)

I believe there’s a little bit of Imelda in every Filipina. Who doesn’t love shoes? I bet you have at least 10 pairs in your shoe cabinet and your man couldn’t fathom why you would need one of each kind. I just say that it’s my ultimate indulgence and weakness. For me, every occasion requires a different pair. You need one for the office, another for parties, for the weekend, and for your sports activities. Here are my top picks.

Workaholic Woman

A classic pair of pumps is always your best bet for the office. This black leather pointed-toe pair from Aldo can just about go with any outfit – a suit, a shirt dress, or even slacks. It’s so simple and has such a flattering silhouette that you can easily mix and match it with whatever you wear for work. I suggest you get a plain pair like this to complete your professional look. Besides, spending P3,499 for this Aldo Jolicoeur would be justified since it’s such a timeless piece.

Gimmick Girl

A pair of trendy shoes like this is ideal to show off during a night out with friends or a date with your sweetie. You’ll look really stylish with this beige patent sandals from Charles & Keith (P2,400). Its chic design and high heel will flatter your feet.

Sporty Sister

Practically everyone’s joining a marathon these days. If you’re into running, you’ll need a good pair of shoes that would provide you with nice cushioning for your soles. I recently came across a great bargain at The Sports Warehouse and immediately grabbed a pair for myself. I got the Women’s Nike Zoom Start + 2009 (White/White-Pale Blue-Wd Pink) for only P2,699, from its original price of P4,995. Aside from its fun design and cushioning capabilities, what I like about this pair is that you can use it with your iPod to track your running progress (as long as you have the iPod Sport Kit.) The store carries other brands like Adidas and New Balance, most of which are discounted too.

Casual Chick

Weekends call for a much more laid back style, so putting on some flats is the ideal way to go. You can look chic with this gladiator-inspired pair of flat sandals from Zara. I got this on sale a few weeks ago for only P1,500 and it’s well worth it. It’s both fashionable and comfy-a perfect combination.

(Images taken by Nikka Sarthou)