When I started learning shoe patternmaking I thought that I would put my efforts on creating bridal shoes or formal evening shoes, since most of the custom-made’s are from that category (and not to mention my frustrations on being a fashion designer for gowns, at least I could design shoes that’ll match them). I started this blog while I was learning how to design and pattern shoes , I made it as a sort of a business website to let brides-to-be know that they can, at anytime, show us the picture of their own shoe design or a a cut out from a magazine and create an exact match for them. However, after a while when I got so fascinated seeing my patternworks come to life plus the fact that I could actually wear them, I then figured out I should do different kinds and styles of shoes aside from the gown shoes I have initially thought of. That is why I decided to dress up this blog according to my shoedesign-patternmaking-life.
Well, basically this blog is no longer intended for business, perhaps I'll just create another one in the future once I've decided to put up a shop (or you can visit ZAKI shoes for fine leather footwear designed by me and my bff). I just want to write about my life as shoe designer (in the making).
Family of Shoes
Shoe business runs in my blood. My grandfather used to have a shoe business in Marikina, while my father, who is the ultimate in terms of the craft (and expert in high fashion), gave all six of us a comfortable life because of his shoemaking skills, and so is my mom who knows uppermaking so well. My brother who is the eldest is helping with the family business and is also a shoe patternmaker himself. He is the one patient enough to teach me the basics and how-to’s of shoe patternmaking. And also, two of my sisters also know how to make patterns.
I ♥ flats
In my younger years, never I'd been so fascinated with shoes particularly high heels, perhaps it is because all my life I’ve been seeing different kinds of shoes and I can always ask my father to make one for me if I’ll be needing it for some occasions (requires right timing based on his moodswings, haha!). I love wearing flats, slippers and tennis shoes and I often buy one because most of the shoes at our workshop are for high fashion. I cannot stand even an hour wearing high heels, but if I had to, I make sure to bring flats so I could rest my feet once in a while.
Let me blog about:
♥ my shoe designs and inspirations
♥ shoe accessories
♥ some how-to’s
♥ ..and more
If you're wondering why I call this "the shoe bear", well actually there's no story behind this, and nothing really special about the name. It just so happened that I want to add a touch of cuteness to this blog.