Tsinelas (or slippers) are one of the fashion accessories that never go out of style. You can find the best quality of slippers (and shoes) in a small Laguna Town of Liliw, the Tsinelas Capital of the Philippines and Footwear Capital of Laguna.
The footwear industry has been one of Liliw’s major industries for a long time now. The factories are what they call “backyard factories” because they are just located at the backyard of shoe store owners. There are only a few, but skilled shoemakers; no big and high-tech shoe machineries and equipments. The shoes and slippers are hand-made, which what makes the slippers and the shoes more durable.
More than 80 shoe stores lined along the strip of Gat Tayaw Street. Most of the buyers are traders, retailers, and wholesalers, who sometimes put their own labels to the Liliw products. For shoe-aholics like me, it is like a paradise where I can feel a glow of happiness!
Some of the most popular shops are Entrata (the only airconditioned shop where shoe prices are a little bit higher but designs are trendier), Badong Footwear (one of the oldest), Socialite, Kyrah, Hanz, Jhaz Footwear. A wide variety of shoes and slippers for kids, ladies and men are available at an incredibly low price...but you still need to bargain to get the "bestest" price :o)
Flat Espadrilles for ladies are as low as
Men's Espadrilles as low as
Shoe designs are stylish and trendy...
Prices range from
P300 to P500. Flats, around P200.
Liliw bags for as low as
Chic killer heels available at Hanz Footwear for as low as
P600! How cool is that!
To get to Liliw, the best route would be via Rizal-Laguna road network, for those coming from the Eastern part of Metro Manila. Another route would be through the South Luzon Expressway then proceed to Liliw via San Pablo City or via Sta. Cruz Laguna. View location map HERE.