I love shoes. I'm not an Imelda Marcos - but I own a dozen pairs. Some of my selections actually attract stares - especially in the office - because they're not what most guys would choose to wear.
Most of the time - the shoes shops that I go to have the right design that will make me go "Oooh!" However, I really wish that there are more snazzy options. I wished so many times in the past - that I can find a shop which can make shoes according to my specifications.
That wish has been granted by my fairy godmother - and she showed me the way to Reed's Bootery at the Abanao Square in Baguio. Reed makes shoes according to your specs. He has a variety of design to choose from - and you can pretty much request for the type of leather that suits your budget and taste. I've had a pair of periwinkle boots made last year. This time - I thought - I'd go for a little bit more classic design. I want black and white brogues.
The brogues you will find in shops today have a more rounded end. I want mine to be a little more elongated at the tip. This is the fun part --- making Reed and his staff understand what I want. It can be a hit or miss of course --- but who cares? Designing your own shoes makes them unique.
I told Reed that I will actually want croc/alligator boots in the future. They can be a bit pricey --- still way below the price of what the stores will charge for croc boots - but still over 100,000 pesos a pair.
When I wear these new babies - I feel like I'm Fred Astaire --- and although I won't have these get wet --- I want to just be;t out: "Singing in the Rain".
If y'all are interested in buying your own pair of custom-made shoes --- visit the Reed's Bootery at Abanao Square in Baguio. They will take your sizes and specs --- and have it delivered anywhere via courier.