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Sole Mates: The Shoe Designer Series 2

Cesar Gaupo's custom-made couture
Sole Mates: The Shoe Designer Series 2 Cesar Gaupo's custom-made couture
Designer: Cesar Gaupo

Design Style: elegant, high-end, luxurious, sophisticated

Customization Period: two to four weeks

Price Range: P6000-P35,000

Available at: Gaupo (second level, Greenbelt 5)

Good things come to those who wait. Here's proof: subdue that shoe shopping itch for two to four weeks and you could find yourself walking in a hot haute couture pair of Gaupos.

Long-time Designer Cesar Gaupo, whose credentials include training under local fashion legend Salvacion “Slim” Higgins, and being the designated creative director of Shanghai Tang, ventured off into the world of custom made shoes in 2005. Each season, a new set of Gaupo shoe designs are put on display, with each particular design being produced up to five times only, to ensure exclusivity.

Couture, Meet Comfort
How exactly does a shoe couturier balance aesthetics with comfort and wearability?

“At first we design according to fashion, and to the materials I want to use. Once I have a sketch I choose the materials. I meet up with the production team for them to give me inputs on how to make the pair both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.” Says Cesar. The Gaupo team uses time tested techniques combined with new technology to ensure the wearability and comfort of each design.

Adding to the shoes' comfort level are the use of top of the line materials like genuine leathers from Italy, and luxurious fabrics from France, as well as a few fine indigenous materials. It does help to request for a bit of padding where you feel you'll be needing it.

Click on to view shoe designs and learn how to get your own Gaupo.

-Renee Puno, Editorial Assistant
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