I Just Made My First Slytherin-Inspired Leather Sandals

Back in 2008, I had the chance to make my very own slippers. It was a program initiated by the local government, and my mom was one of the organizers. She asked me to attend. I was way too happy that I documented it, and even blogged in my now defunct Multiply blog.

After 9 years, I am just so thrilled that I can finally do the sandal-making all over again! But this was different, I was the one in-charge of the design! ๐Ÿ˜€

I recently blogged about enrolling in SoFA (School of Fashion and Arts) for Shoe Construction. Ms Tal de Guzman, Founder and Shoe Designer of Risque Designs was our mentor. She taught and assisted us in making our very own leather sandals.

All the materials were provided, so the design limit is just our creativity!

But knowing my quirky side, I had to find a way to make a unique pair of sandals. If it was something I can buy in a local store, whatโ€™s the point of making it?

This was actually the kind of battle I was fighting over in my head, whether I should stick on the classic and common โ€œmore saleableโ€ designs, and make queer, out of the ordinary, never-before-seen kind of shoes.

Well, I think you know what I chose.

Thereโ€™s just soooo many brands in the world already that sell the same designs. I thought, if I want to make a mark, I have to different. I have to be more than just exciting. I have to be unforgettable.


There were limited colors for leathers, so I just chose what will work with whatโ€™s available. I got inspired by the Slytherin colors, so I picked silver and emerald.

I donโ€™t have sharp scissors back then, so I just have to cut the leather via a cutter. And mind you, I never expected this will be a workout!

 

My arm muscles were on fire! Or that may be too much, but yeah, they were painful!

I had to measure the shoe last or the wooden foot-shaped mold so I can perfectly cut and lay the leather.


To give the design a surprising twist, I used a 5-peso coin to cut the arc.



To tell you honestly, I am that kind of designer who still changes her mind even during the actual construction. I just think a lot of opportunities and ideas reveal themselves not just on the designing stage, but even on the actual manufacturing.


Who am I to deny these new ideas, right? Hehe

After lots of adhesive application, leather-pulling, and material adjusting, I finally made my Slytherin leather sandals!

Yaaay! ๐Ÿ˜€



What do you think merfriends? Should I make this for Versaheel?

Let me know your thoughts! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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AR(t)+TE(chnique) : How Versatile is Versaheel?

I would like to write about something thatโ€™s very close to my heart.

If you have been following me on my Instagram and Facebook Page, you would have probably seen or got a glimpse of the new project I am working on.

Redefine Versatility

As a shoe designer for my own startup, it’s quite a challenge to learn how to put things all together: materials, construction techniques, fabric manipulation, aesthetics and style.

That is why it is no wonder that when I learned that an established International brand would like to collaborate with me, I was totally shookt.

It kinds of feels like getting promoted to a position youโ€™ll never know youโ€™ll reach in just a yearโ€™s tenure, but so much better.

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The amazing team behind MARCO NOT POLO was very kind and extremely hands-on ever since we got into planning.

As a shoe designer, I had many considerations. One of which is the global demand on certain shoe types. I was advised that since this will be launched in North America, we might have to lean more on flats, to accommodate the lifestyle and increase market reach of those who will be wearing them.

I actually did not have any problems with that. We thought of making 5 pairs first, and then take it from there.

I would like to share it with you. How it all came about.

  1. Golfriend

I was pretty excited to name all of these babies that depict female characters and personalities.

I also got inspired with androgynous shoes that have interchangeable fringes. Hence, this. ๐Ÿ˜€

The salmon fringe is my favorite! They are so bold and very poppy!

 

  1. Shellen of Troy

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The shells remind me of my mermaid-loving self. Hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

Since the colors were girly, I tried to tweak it by having the art in an androgynous pair, with particular details of course โ€“ interchangeable straps!

By far this design took the longest, because you have 24 straps all in all! 8 straps each for blue, white and pink!

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Now, you donโ€™t have to stick to only one color! The combinations are endless! Iโ€™ve actually lost count of possibilities!

I really had so much fun designing this!

 

  1. Miss Unicorn

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Unicorns are everywhere! They are in cellphone cases, restaurants, pajamas, onesies, and even in makeup! So I thought, why not in shoes!

Plus, mules are having a comeback! With a wild rage to boot! So I was sure they would really make a perfect combo! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Not to mention, look how cute the interchangeable bows are!

 

  1. Peacocko Chanel

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I have always been a fan of Coco Chanel, her designs and perspectives in life. That is why I named one of my shoes in honor of her. This design is the classiest among all the shoes in this collection if I may say.

You could say I was a bit experimental with this pair. Canvas is usually tailored for casuals and in the pop culture, so I tried to push it further and bring it to another notch as a candidate for more formal occasions.

You can also customize the straps on these! ๐Ÿ˜€

What do you think? Will you wear this on a cocktail night?

 

  1. Skulleesi

 

I bet you know how I played with the name of the shoes already! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes, itโ€™s from Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen , Queen of the Andals and First Men, the Breaker of Chains, the Unburnt, the Khlaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Mother of Dragons.

Typing the above title just from memory! Hehe Yes, Iโ€™m a huge fan! ๐Ÿ˜€

This is actually my favorite! Itโ€™s clean, fun and surprisingly an attention-seeker. You can actually change the backstraps to different colors! ๐Ÿ˜€

Plus, the heel height isnโ€™t too high as well! Just perfect for your on-the-go or travel OOTD! ๐Ÿ˜€  Yay!

 

Versatility and the ability to make fashion choices is the key that guided me towards the whole process. I want to be able to achieve different looks of the shoes without having to spend another dime. And I am so happy to be able to share that with you. And I really hope you like them! ๐Ÿ˜€

I cannot wait till they hit the fashion runway on November 18, 2017 at Calgary, Canada! If youโ€™re in Canada, you might want to visit the show, and check out Marco Not Polo and the other amazing brands!

Whew! It just feels so good to finally reveal this project after so much hardwork we put into it.

I hope you get to support this Marikina and Filipino-made products! ๐Ÿ˜€

Like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think of these merfriends? ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know in the comments!

 

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When You Borrow Your Boyfriend’s Polo

I have always been fascinated with Androgynous Fashion. There is just something so special and sleek with minimalism, and looking like a total elegant stranger who means business.

I was invited to attend a mall launch, to which I will blog about soon, and I was really inspired to wear something plain, and very tamed. I will be meeting the CEO, so I thought this wasn’t the perfect time to wear my too-happy and printy outfits. Hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

Let alone my hair color scream for me! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, do you remember this photo? This was taken in the Forever Francis Libiran Fashion Show in April.

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John Tancuan

John was pretty dashing that night, and this is actually one of my favorite Chinese polos of him. I asked him to wear this to the event, but he had other clothes in mind. Hmpf! :/

And then, I thought to myself, if he doesn’t want to wear it, why can’t I wear it instead? It would be totally intriguing and would be really fun to experiment since it’s a first time for me! ๐Ÿ˜€

So here is what I’ve come up with.

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My strong affinity to blues right now is caused by my orange hair color. If you had the chance to check the color wheel, orange and blue are perfect for each other as they are complementary in the wheel, same as with red to green, and purple to yellow.

I had the polo tucked in, and rolled the sleeves up to my elbows. It was still big for my frame, so I just had to do some folds to make it look more seamless for my torso. I paired the top with my black skater skirt to balance the masculinity.

Since I want to keep everything lowkey, I opted for a monochromatic turn for the shoes and bag.

Still so proud of my Versaheel Snaky Reed-Somerhalder heels in Sky. My trusty Parisian satchel also made the look very put-together.

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The braid was an expriment too. Had to do something with unruly hair. ๐Ÿ˜€

The whole look reminded me of K-Pop Fashion, since I’m also getting a few hints on this fad. I thought maybe a pair of glasses should cinch everything together.

I had this full-rimmed specs last year, and I’m drawn with cats’ eye frames because they are just too stern and sexy for my life.

However, John’s friends were too keen in the glasses department and asked me to try on theirs.

The left one is Ryan’s, fashioned with only upper glass rims, while Joseff’s, the one on the right has very thin ones. The former said that I should be getting these kinds of frames to suit my relatively small face.

Looking at these photos, I think he’s right. The full-rimmed cat’s eye  glasses were occupying most of my head because the sides are thicker, while these two latter styles are very complementing, and gentle when it comes to accentuating my face.

I learned one thing that day! So yes, I have to buy something like this sooner!

Aren’t spectacles just subtle yet essential things to achieve either preppy or kpoppy looks? What do you think? ๐Ÿ˜€

Would you even dare wear a man’s fashion piece? Have you tried it? ๐Ÿ˜€

I wanna know! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Beauty and the Beast Shoes

Apart from having restless feet, I also have a deep-seated liking for traveling and parading in style. There is just something about clothing your most tired body part with the most exquisite shoes. I mean, you could at least provide them with better (and hopefully beautiful) forms of protection, don’t you think?

Now, since it is the most enchanting season for our childhood Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, that I love very much, by the way. I was just wondering how could a pair of high heels embody such magic. Lucky for me, imagining wouldn’t be so far-fetched at all!

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I am seriously in love with these! I wonder how am I going to get a pair. Hmm. Anyway, maybe I’ll do something like this for Versaheel. I mean, who knows! There is always a Disney Princess in each and every girl.

We don’t really outgrow our first heroines, we just learn how to channel them in different ways. You know what’s mine. ๐Ÿ˜€

What do you think of this design? Would you wear something like this? Let me know in the comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

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