MANA: Supporting Local Sapateros One Shoe at A Time

Sustainable fashion and local, handmade products are in the now, and they won’t be leaving any time soon. New brands continue to pop up and create original fashion pieces. Mana is no exception, as it has made a name for itself by providing stylish, good quality products at an affordable price. 

The social enterprise Mana was born from the word, Pamana, which means to pass down from generation to generation. Mana aims to connect the experience and craftsmanship of our local workers with younger generations.

Working hand in hand with Mang Jhun, Mana creates shoes that can be worn for everyday activities. Mana currently sells men’s loafers, women’s sandals, and unisex mules, all of which are made with 100% genuine leather and handpicked by the maker to ensure the utmost quality at a reasonable price point. The loafers and mules come in two colors: Mahogany and Charcoal, while the sandals are only available in Mahogany and Nude.

From left to right: Mules in Mahogany, Mules in Charcoal, Sandals in Mahogany, and Loafers in Charcoal

As a social enterprise, 100% of the profits go to Mang Jhun, the current partner and local sapatero. Mang Jhun learned the art of shoemaking from his parents back in the 1960’s, as their family was one of the first sapateros in Marikina. Over 30 years have passed since he took up the craft and he still continues to pursue it with the same passion he had starting out. 

Mang Jhun in his workshop

With Mana, the social enterprise works with Mang Jhun to help further showcase his talent – and by buying a pair of Mana shoes, you not only help sustain his craft, but also help him pursue his passion.

Men’s mules in Mahogany and women’s mules in Charcoal

Get your own pair of MANA shoes during their upcoming batch of selling through this link and get a free handmade leather cord wrapper with your purchase!

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