Lupe Saenz is a Philippine shoe company offering leather shoes made with premium materials and by the artisans of Marikina City, the Philippines' shoe capital. Our shoes are made through traditional shoe-making methods primarily using genuine leather for uppers (including the soles for selected styles).
Lupe Saenz was created by Stella Quimbo, a professor of economics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and launched in March 2012.
Stella’s love for shoes and desire to help the Marikina shoe industry recover from the stiff competition it faced from cheap imports got her into the business of shoe making and retailing. She is driven by the belief that the market for premium and handcrafted shoes has vast potential. Its growth could sustain a fast-shrinking breed of leather shoe artisans and spur the growth of the shoe design profession. The phenomenon of cheap imported and synthetic shoes, which started in the 1980s, had pushed leather shoemakers to venture into either synthetic leather shoes or other professions altogether. Today, only a handful of leather shoemakers exist. Renewed interest in local, handcrafted and leather shoes can reverse this trend.
Her vision for the local shoe industry is for it to be Asia's shoe hub - the best source of well designed and premium, handcrafted shoes. She believes that shoe design can be the source of competitive advantage for the industry. Design will be the ultimate driver for the industry towards the level of quality and dynamism required to compete in an increasingly complex and global market.
Lupe Saenz shoes are "inspired by the women who wear them." Each style is named after a woman who inspired it. The styles are classic but executed with a contemporary touch. Ballerinas and office pumps that go from day to night are staples. Wedges and flat sandals to spruce up weekend or party outfits are the add-ons to the collection.
Ultimately, Lupe Saenz wants to be known for its ability to blend comfort, craftsmanship, and style.