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Inside the Shoe Closet of Georcelle Dapat-Sy

A peek into the ogle-worthy collection of G-Force's Founder and Artistic Director.
Inside the Shoe Closet of Georcelle Dapat-Sy
IMAGE Koji Arboleda
A peek into the ogle-worthy collection of G-Force's Founder and Artistic Director.

Georcelle Dapat-Sy loves to turn heads with her feet—and we're not even talking about her dancing.

Obsessed with "look-at-me" heels, boots, flats, and even sneakers, she talks about romancing over the perfect pair like meeting her soulmateand we definitely believe her. The G-Force Founder and Artistic Director has her heart set out every season to find that statement stepper that would turn heads on and off the dance floor. Her shoe collection has turned out to be both interesting and ogle-worthy over the years, with each pair worn and never simply for display. To quote Georcelle, "I use them until I can't anymore." And that applies to even the steepest pairs from DSquared or Giuseppe Zanotti

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"When I buy shoes, I treat them like an artwork. So it's like I'm buying a painting. It defines who I am," says Georcelle.

She was actually part of Preview's Best Dressed List back in 2009, but her shoe closet has grown so much since then. She arrived at this shoot talking about her love for GucciGhost and that her favorite scarf turned hair accessory on rotation is from that collab. A fiery fashion girl from the inside out, we talk to Georcelle about being a shoeaholic, the art of wearing heels with socks, and what it feels like to find "the one."

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Georcelle wears her GucciGhost necklace as an anklet for the shot, saying that she can't not accessorize.

When did your love for shoes start?

"Since I was a child, like five, six, or seven years old. I loved to choose what to wear. [But] fall in love with designer shoes? Actually, it’s one of the influences of my friend before. Meron ako naging super friend, during my younger years, and she used to be a stylist also. We used to dance together. She explained to me why a pair of designer shoes is important, and why they're really expensive. So I fell in love with it. Ang very first purchase ko noon Gucci. For a year, I would never purchase any designer na hindi on sale. I just feel that they were too pricy. Pero sobrang love ko. The very first purchase ko on a regular price na talagang na-in love ako, na soul mate ko were these Givenchy gladiator boots."

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You mentioned you "fell in love" with that pair. Could you enlighten us more about it? What was it like?

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The pair from Givenchy that Georcelle calls her soulmate.

 

"My favorite store in Hong Kong is On Pedder. Those Givenchy gladiator boots, when they launched it there, it was on a special table na covered pa ng glass. So para talaga siyang art piece na limited edition, and I fell in love with how they presented it. I fell in love with the shoes. Parang soulmates kami."

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What year was that?

"2009. That was also the year Preview featured me as one of the Best Dressed, and I wore them."

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"When I purchase a pair, palaging diretso sa pictorial. Natatawa sa 'kin 'yung G-Force kasi sabi ko kung anong bago kong shoes, doon ibe-base ang concept ng next project [namin]." Georcelle styles her Prada heels with a street wear meets boho ensemble.

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Do you do a bit of research before you buy?

"Yes. With shoes kasi, I always research. And then the thrill of hunting the pair, that’s what excites me. There are some pairs that are nice in photos, but once I wear them, they don’t look good on me. But there are also shoes na hindi naman okay tignan, but when I start wearing them bagay pala."

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Do you know how many pairs of shoes you own?

"No, sorry. "

How about a favorite style of shoes?

"Boots. Basta impactful. 'Yung para na siyang accessory."

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"I also have a blush version of this!" Because one colorway of this eclectic heels from Giuseppe Zanotti isn't enough.

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Why boots?

"Because I perform and when I wear boots, they’re seen right away. I’m that person who’s very comfortable with wearing a shirt. Just a shirt. That’s like my uniform: t-shirt and shorts. For me to make it look like an outfit, I have to wear boots. It’s a power pair. I also feel that if I don’t buy boots, I feel shortchanged."

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Comfort and style merge into one in this floral pair of Yohji Yamamoto wedges.

Are you also into sneakers?

"Yes."

Do you know how many you own?

"No, but the very first lavish pair of sneakers was the Fendi. Kaya lang I was not supposed to buy it because they’re just sneakers. Feeling ko masyadong pricey. But I [still] got them. When I buy shoes, I treat them like an artwork. So it's like I'm buying a painting. It defines who I am. It defines my personality. It’s an iconic item, I don’t use them as shoes for just walking, It defines who I am. It’s not just about function or because I want to be comfortable or because it’s part of my outfit. It’s part of my personality."

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The furry Fendi sneaks Georcelle that she describes to be "so me."

What's your current favorite pair?

"The Givenchy kasi from 2009, imagine, until now I use them. For this season, my favorite is the Fendi and the Gucci, and the platforms from Y-3 because they’re super easy to wear. Slip on and then go ka na. Done!"

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Georcelle wearing her platforms of the moment from Y-3.

How do you take care of them? They’re so well maintained.

"I actually don't. I even dance in them. I don't do anything special to them but store them properly."

We like that you really like to "wear" your designer shoes. Is that part of your style philosophy as well?

"I just really like wearing them everyday. So for ASAP in the morning I wear flats, kasi nagbo-block on stage. 7am nandoon na ako. So can you imagine? I run around a lot. And then at 10am, magpapalit na ako. ASAP is like our home and we have a lot of guests coming in so I have to look good for the guests because [it's like] I’m hosting. Ganoon ko siya nakikita. It’s a party. And then I go to church then dinner. Change shoes na naman kasi lalabas ako with my kids. Kailangan comfortable. Pag may dinner pa akong pupuntahan, change shoes ulit. In one day, I would wear four pairs."

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"They were on sale. They’re pink, they’re glittery and parang at the time, nasa season ako na puro flats 'yung binibli ko," she says about this eye-catching pair from Saint Laurent. But we'd also like to note that Georcelle loves matching her shoes with socks—she even brought a lot to the shoot.

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When can you say you've bought "too much" shoes? Is there such a thing?

"When I buy around five pairs in one season. But I always update [my shoes closet], so I don’t think it’s too much. And when I update, I keep the ones from before because I know I can wear them for years. Like with those Givenchy gladiators or my pair from YSL years ago. They’re all still there with me. And even my very first designer purchase, it's still there with me. I don’t update my shoes like I update my clothing. I update my shoes and I keep them with me. But when I buy five pairs in one season, it’s too much."

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"When I wear them, I feel like I’m in a different world, " says Georcelle about this romantic velvet pair from Alexander McQueen.

How would you convince a girl who hasn't bought a single designer pair to actually buy one?

"I wouldn’t convince anyone. You buy something because you love it, not because you want to copy, nor because you want society to like you or your [Instagram] post. You have to love it. I’m also a parent kasi—a mother of three and a parent for G-Force, kaya I wouldn’t really convince them kasi hindi siya biro. I want them expressing themselves. It became an addiction for me, a good addiction because it defines who I am, and for some reason it attracts projects [for me and G-Force]. We’re not just dancers, after all; we are dance artists and we love fashion.

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Photographed by Koji Arboleda

Produced by Maura Rodriguez

Makeup by Jelly Eugenio

Hair by Gerald Magtibay

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