Being a huge shoe lover, I used to get frustrated with the lack of shoe choices here in Cebu. There were a lot more choices abroad so I tended to order from my sisters or buy when I would leave the country.
Well now, it turns out there ARE actually a lot of great local shoe brands/hubs that are popping up in Cebu. One of these is R. Started by Roxanne Robins, only last July 2012, R Shoes aims to bring in one of a kind designs with good quality. The selection of designs are carefully chosen and curated by the brand’s owner and creator, Roxanne Robins. You cannot find shoes like these anywhere else in the Philippines.
Roxanne actually started this brand because whilst shoe shopping abroad with her mom, they were looking for footwear that had three things: unique design, comfort and high quality. At the time, they were not planning to sell and open a shoe shop. When they found the shoes that had all the qualities they were looking for, they couldn’t help but share it to the Filipinas. And so, that was what prompted them to import these to the Philippines and start R.
What sort of styles do they have? Roxanne said that the first thing she looks for is comfort and design. She wants to bring in styles that are not so common in the Philippines; Styles that people want to wear. Above all, they make sure that the quality is good and that the shoe must last at least 3 years with the owner. Roxanne also says that the R girl is someone who is like herself – wearing shoes that are suited to the right occasion. So be it a formal event, the office, a party, a date night or a casual affair, R shoes has it all for you.
A personal favorite of mine is the Rachel shoe. It has the prettiest purple color and is really comfortable even if the heel height is 5 inches! That is because it has a platform in the front. The design is really chic with its satin-like texture and gorgeous gold piping all over the straps. This style is also in other colors, nude and black. Named the Reese and Robin respectively.
Another awesome style is the Roxanne shoe. Named after the owner, it is the brand’s bestseller. It has real spikes embedded all over its uppers with an on-trend curved heel. So enemies, beware! It’s good for self-defense. They also have low heeled shoes fashioned with a shiny texture and a buckle in the front part – the Rea, Rona, Rhian and Rose, depending on the color you like. These shoes give off such a Roger Vivier Vibe.
So what is in store for R shoes? In the future, Roxanne plans to design her own shoes and hopes to re-launch the brand as R by Roxanne. It is also in her vision to open a boutique for R shoes. Since their launch in July, they have already joined many bazaars in Manila. For now they are accepting orders online. You can also visit them at the Maze in Ayala Center Cebu and in upcoming bazaars.
Are you guys tempted yet?
Go and check their facebook page now for orders: R Shoes.