It all started with Tal De Guzman’s Risqué Manufacturing Designs, which manufactured pairs for other entrepreneurs starting their shoe business. She wanted to create a formal community with a number of brand owners she worked with, and thus, Stride Collective was born. Though all of their pairs are manufactured by dedicated shoemakers of Risqué Manufacturing, the pairs designed by each brand reflects their owners' distinct tastes. Yen Reyes of Artisach, for one, makes art wearable by combining her love for painting and leather crafting in the pairs she designs. Other Stride brands like Risqué, Hola Lili, Design & Style, Habi Footwear, and more make use of native textiles in the footwear they design. They also have brands like INNÉ that try to incorporate local materials like abaca and rattan into modern designs.
A display of products in Stride Collective's Marikina concept store
Stride Collective pushes the boundaries to create something refreshingly distinct from pairs you’d get from the malls. All of this is done ethically. Brands that use local weaves consult the communities where they source their textiles from, making sure that it isn’t disrespectful to use these for footwear. They’ve formed a collaborative relationship with the shoemakers that craft their designs, constantly learning from their inputs on manufacturing along the way. While some brands in the community produce bags and accessories once in a while, for now, Stride Collective as a whole plans to focus on footwear. And through their newly opened concept store in Marikina, they will hopefully help in driving tourism in the city by offering footwear that people can discover only there.