Note: This is not a sponsored post! I showed this to N and he was like ‘did they pay you to make this’ lol. No, I just think this is a nice place to get shoes. 😛
I’m not sure if it’s the way I walk, but I go through shoes really quickly. Being on the heavier side, it’s also difficult for me to get affordable shoes with a thick sole that can support my weight. I usually go to BATA, but the quality has gone down of late, despite the prices getting higher. My current pair, which I’ve worn for a good year or so, is starting to wear down, so the Moomikins recommended I check out a place near our house called FUFA.
Usually when shoe shopping, one goes to a department store or the mall – so it was surprising to find this little shop which is located in a commercial area within a housing estate, far from shopping / business hubs. FUFA is a Taiwanese brand, and the shoes are fully made in Taiwan, then shipped to Malaysia. The brand prides itself in quality and style, and offers casual footwear for men, women and children.
Pro No.1: Perhaps it’s due to the location, but the shop is pretty empty on most days. You can shop in peace without jostling with other customers, which is great especially in the current pandemic.
Pro No.2: The staff are extremely friendly and helpful; on one occasion while looking for shoes, the Moomikins tried on almost a dozen pairs before she found the right fit. Staff were still polite and obliging. The service was equally warm during my visit, so two thumbs up for great customer service!
Pro No.3: The shoes feature beautiful, minimalist designs. Easy to pair with work clothing or for a casual day out. Most importantly, they’re comfy! Most of the shoes have thick soles that offer good support, and the material seems to be high quality. The PVC shoes are soft and feel great on the feet.
The physical store in Puchong has more women’s shoes, and they’re mostly slip-ons/ ballet flats/mocassins. Did not see any heels, but there’s a greater selection if you go to their website at fufashoesmalaysia.com.
The shoes are pretty affordable and usually go for below RM100.
Bought a pair of blue moccasins for RM89! The material is soft, pillowy and just wraps comfortably around the feet. I love the colour as well; been awhile since I had shoes that aren’t black lol.
FUFA SHOES (PUCHONG)
58, Jalan Putra Impiana, Taman Putra Impiana, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Fans of Salvatore Ferragamo are in for a treat, as the Italian luxury brand celebrates a new chapter in its history with the debut of their Pre-Fall 2017/18 Women’s Footwear Collection – the first created by Paul Andrew, the category’s newly appointed design director.
The new designs see Andrew putting to centerstage founder Salvatore Ferragamo’s lifelong dedication and obsession with craftsmanship, innovation and fit – essential values that were as vital to the craft today as it was in 1927, when the brand was founded.
High tech meets high-craft in a series of sharply punctuated groups, where Andrew harnesses state-of-the-art technology and the savoir-faire of Italy’s finest artisans. Timeless icons and design gestures have been reimagined and recast, from the signature black and gold and a ‘column heel’ from the late 1930s, to a reconceived ‘F’ wedge and the new flat: A sneaker in Neoprene or technical stretch rib knit.
Fit standards have also been adjusted for today’s global clients, motivated by the belief that the success of a design is measured not only through its visual evidence, but also its experience.
“My concept for the collection was simply to highlight the fundamentals that made Salvatore such a profound and groundbreaking presence in his field and to express those values through designs that are relevant to a new generation of strong, discerning women.” – Paul Andrew
The pre-fall 2017/18 Women’s Footwear Collection is available to purchase in stores and online at ferragamo.com.
Kuala Lumpur outlets:
Bukit Bintang: 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Lot 2.20 & 3.22, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mid Valley: Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, G-220, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Suria KLCC: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, G32, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Located on the far fringes of Metro Manila, the city of Marikina seems more quaint town than busy district, with its clean, orderly roads, neat shops and a markedly reduced presence of diesel-belching jeepneys. The place is also known as the shoe capital of the Philippines, manufacturing about 70% of the country’s shoes. For those looking for a relaxing day trip away from the hustle and bustle (without burning a hole in your pocket), Marikina makes for an interesting visit. Here are just some of the things you can do in this charming city:
Shop for Fresh Produce and Goods at The Marikina Public Market
Colourful sights and sounds await at the Marikina Public Market/Market Mall, one of the biggest and most well-maintained markets in Metro Manila. Divided into wet and dry areas, expect everything from fresh produce to bargain wares. Over at the wet area, slabs of meat hang from hooks and vividly green vegetables are laid out in neat rows. The dry area sells everything from home decorations, pots and pans, cheap clothing and imitation underwear (‘Triumph’ bras for PHP100, anyone?)
Since it was close to Christmas, there were stalls selling lights and decorations.
Learn History at the Kapitan Moy Museum
Close to the market is the Kapitan Moy Museum. Despite dating back to the 1800s, this adobe (mud brick) building is well-preserved, and it is an excellent example of Philippine-Spanish colonial architecture. The structure follows traditional Filipino bahay kubo homes, but integrates Spanish style in elements such as the windows and balustrades. Once home to a wealthy local businessman called Don Laureano Guevarra (aka the founder of the Marikina shoe industry), the building has cultural and historical significance, as the first shoe in the city was made here in 1887. The story goes that Don Laureano taught himself how to repair shoes and borrowed tools from local shoemakers, as he did not want to travel all the way to Manila to have his shoes repaired. Together with a few other locals, he experimented with further ways to make and repair shoes, kickstarting the shoe industry in Marikina which endures until today.
That aside, this building has seen a lot of history. After Guevarra’s passing, it was a home for the needy, a primary school, an American tribunal, and the headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army during their occupation of Manila. Today, it serves as a cultural centre and venue for events.
Clean and orderly streets! Sorry, the last time I was in Manila I was in some pretty bad areas so this was quite different for me. It’s good though that I got to see this other side.
Visit Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church
Across the road from the museum is Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish church, home to an image of the Virgin Mary which has received Papal recognition. The church itself dates back to 1572, but the building was only built at its present site in the 1600s. It is made from adobe, gravel, cement, mortar and steel. Like many historical sites in Manila, this was ravaged during the Philippine-American war, but restored in the 1950s.
Figures of saints line the exterior of the church.
Bell tower next to the main entrance.
Marikina Shoe Museum
If you’re still keen to find out more about the city’s biggest industry, just down the road is the Marikina Shoe Museum. Formerly the only rice mill in town, the small building also served s a jail for captured Filipino fighters and soldiers. It was made into a shoe museum in 2001 and today houses part of former first lady Imelda Marcos‘ impressive shoe collection. The surrounding sidewalks have embedded slabs of shoes captioned with names of famous local celebrities and figures ala Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Mannequins depicting the shoe making process using old sewing machines and tools.
Shoes from recent design competitions. Some were flashy and eye catching to say the least; others looked like they belonged in science fiction movies! Points for creativity, though, I could never imagine walking out of my house in those heels. 😀
Showcase of the different types of shoes, such as cavalier boots and roman strap sandals. There was also a section dedicated to shoes worn by famous local celebrities and politicians.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the museum is Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection. There were hundreds of pairs (and this is only a small fraction of her entire thousand-pair wardrobe!) I wonder if she has ever worn some of these shoes more than once.
While she has made contributions to the nation, especially in terms of promoting art and culture, Marcos was infamous for her extravagant lifestyle and penchant for expensive things, while her dictatorial husband robbed the country of billions. Her bouffant hair and love for luxury is reminiscent of a certain politician’s wife in Malaysia as well lol.
Black and white pictures of the ‘First Lady’. Despite her reputation, she was reelected as congresswoman four times after returning from exile. The Marcos family are still influential in politics today.
Traditional attire, the Filipiniana and the Barong Tagalog, often worn by the First Couple during their official functions. The Marikina Shoe Museum has an entrance fee of PHP50, which I think is worth paying just to see Imelda’s massive collection. The museum is open from 8AM – 5PM, so plan your visit accordingly.
Savour Delicious Food at Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
Just behind the Marikina Shoe Museum, turn down a quiet alleyway with walls covered in creeping ivy to find Rustic Mornings by Isabelo, a charming spot that serves fusion and Filipino fare. There is an outdoor dining area with gazebos where you can dine surrounded by lush greenery and various art pieces and knick knacks, as well as air-conditioned indoor seating with vintage decor reminiscent of an English tearoom (think wooden furniture painted white, sheer curtains and gingham patterns).
I recommend the Bacon, Eggs and Herbed Hash Browns (PHP180), which feature a mountain of fluffy scrambled eggs with diced tomatoes, crispy bacon and deep fried hash brown patties. Also good is the pork tocino, which goes great with rice. With good food and a charming setting, it’s no wonder the place is so popular with families. Great lunch spot for after you’re done exploring the rest of the attractions that Marikina City has to offer.
Rustic Mornings is located at 11 I Mendoza St, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines(Phone: +63 2 425 8610).
If you haven’t heard of Anna Sui…. where have you been? She’s only one of the ‘Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade’, with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, alongside other fashion greats like Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. Her fashion empire is estimated at over $400mil, covering cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, jewellery, accessories, gifts and footwear.
FitFlop, the British shoe company, recently did a collabo with Anna Sui to launch a line of must-have ballerinas and sandals. This is the company’s third time working with the renowned fashionista, and it promises some beautiful, eye-catching designs that will have your friends looking at your feet in envy…
Lattice Ballerina Navy – love the pineapple prints!
Looks are not all there is to these flops – they’re laced with the brand’s signature Supercomff Tech, which makes the shoes lightweight and diffuses areas of high pressure, making them comfy to wear all day long.
Lattice Ballerina White
Same print, different design, more ways to wear – the Skinny Aqua is a perfect pair to wear while strolling on the beach or for a casual day out.
Last but not least, Printed Ballerina Aqua…
and Printed Ballerina Midnight Navy.
Prices in Malaysia range from RM439 – RM699, and you can buy them from FitFlop Malaysia. List of stores on theirFacebook page.
So, which one’s your fave? Lemme know in the comments below! 🙂
Nature is not the only thing that Bandung has to offer – the place is well known for its cheap shopping. This didn’t excite me much (yes, there are girls who don’t thrill at the idea of shopping).
Apart from Rumah Mode, which was an old Dutch building turned into a factory outlet store, the only other place we went to was Cibaduyut Street, famous for its leather products. The plan was to get a genuine leather bag as a gift for Pops for Father’s Day.
There are dozens of shops on both sides of the street, selling everything from shoes to wallets, jackets, clothing, bags and belts made from leather and faux leather. Some shops are chain stores and do not allow for haggling, but the smaller ones usually offer discounts… if you’re good at negotiating. Our driver did tell us to be careful though, coz we can’t be sure if some of the items are 100% leather.
Bags which cost around RM120+.
We got pops a really nice sling bag so he can use that for travelling instead of having to stuff everything into his pockets; as well as a belt.
Loads of shoes – for ladies, for men, for kids… you name it, they got it. They weren’t particularly cheap, around RM50+. Quality was so-so, and most of the shops carried the same designs. But if you like leather shoes, this is a place to find a good bargain.
I can’t gush about Cibaduyut since I don’t really like shopping , but it’s a good place to visit nonetheless if you’re in Bandung.