Zapateria is the Philippines’ first creative hub for footwear design and development that aims to foster the industry’s new generation of independent shoemakers.
Zapateria envisions to make the country an international destination is known for its globally competitive design craft and workmanship in footwear making. It serves as a center for creativity and ingenuity expressed through the practice of great craftsmanship.
- Project Silong Silong
- Solemates Connect
- Designer-Maker Incubator
- Shoemaking Express Workshops
- Craft Apprenticeship
Zapateria generally works with the shoemaking community, aiming to foster the creative talents of each artisan and designer-maker as a foundation for a healthy and successful industry. As a creative hub based in Marikina, Zapateria's services also extend outside the city like Makati, Laguna, Cebu, and Davao.
We keep the traditional making but also innovate in the process with high regard to Filipino making. We cascade the expertise and know-how of our skilled artisans to the next or new generation to preserve the tradition and make it better. We also transfer knowledge and train partner manufacturers to enable them to take on more original designs and better production which will be beneficial for the industry as a whole.
We collaborate in many ways at the hub with designers, artists, other hubs in making beautiful shoes that we all can be proud of and in spreading the love of shoemaking.