About Zapateria

Soulfulness of heritage and craft

Zapateria serves as a center for creativity and ingenuity expressed through the practice of great craftsmanship. We are open to serve aspiring designers, makers, footwear entrepreneurs, and hobbyists who are interested in learning the craft of shoemaking.

We work with seasoned artisans, creatives, and innovators, driven by the goal of showcasing Filipino craft and building the talents within and beyond the world of footwear. We are based in Marikina, and our engagements span across the Philippines and reach makers around the world.

Celebrating Filipino Creativity

Today, Zapateria aims make the country a world class destination known for its globally competitive design craft and workmanship by imparting the passion and creativity to the new generation.

We keep the traditional making but also innovate in the process with high regard to Filipino making. We cascade the expertise and know-how of our skilled artisans to the next or new generation to preserve the tradition and make it better. We also transfer knowledge and train partner manufacturers to enable them to take on more original designs and better production which will be beneficial for the industry as a whole.

We collaborate in many ways at the hub with designers, artists, other hubs in making beautiful shoes that we all can be proud of and in spreading the love of shoemaking.

From one generation to the next

Built upon the heritage of footwear making in Marikina, Zapateria bridges their history to the contemporary. The studio was founded by Unyx and Rico Sta. Ana, a father-daughter tandem hailing from a long bloodline of shoemakers. Footwear played an important role for the Sta. Ana's since the 1880's when Tasyo Liquitco, their great-great grandfather, served along side the Father of the Marikina Shoe Industry, Kapitan Moy.

From there on, their family took a step forward in the footwear industry.. leading enterprises such as JEM Brothers of Sta. Ana and Sons Company (SASCO), Philippine Shoe Company which carried the brand Jemillee, and Rico's own brand, Josanna, named after his father, Jose Sta. Ana.