Let me ask you a question here: What is your favorite flip-flop brand? Most may answer Havaianas for the style and appeal, while some would answer Banana Peel for its affordability. Whatever your brand preference here, let’s talk flip-flops. Flip-flops are usually the talk of the town during Summer but let me bring you to what is now, Christmas. Flip-flops are undeniable helpful for comfort in walking while being stylish, may it be in short walks or rendezvous in the mall. No matter comfortable, a number of flip-flop brands are very much expensive because a number come from foreign sources. A number may need replacement in such a short time either because the design is out of style or when pretty much used up. Do you want to know the most economical way to be stylish and at the same time helping Philippine industries?
A kasimanwa studying in De La Salle University Manila in her final year offered the very answer to my question. Fellow Negrénse Ina Ramos and co-proprietor Cedric Dy conceptualized Swap Straps. Fashion has become one of the basic needs in the bustling fashion scene and this is what they tapped into very well. What makes this so special? Because it is Marikina-made! Yes, you do not have to spend for expensive foreign brands for right in our very own step, you can have cheap but stylish materials. Worried about going out of style very much soon? No worries! That is what Swap Straps is all about, you can never go out of fashion. These amazing flip-flops are designed with modular velcro straps which you can change with your liking. While most of the strap designs are sourced locally, some have to come from abroad to cater one’s need for uniqueness.
Asked if they are planning have a guy version of the Swap Straps, they have plans to but for now, they will cater to the needs of mostly teen and yuppie ladies. They had some challenges too when they just started out with the business since they have to solicit funds from friends and family. Nevertheless, the unique concept of the product appealed to immediate liking and soon they were able to sell their products in fashion bazaars. At a cost of P499 for the flip-flops and P699 for the wedges, you can have two extra straps for you to change with depending on moods and likings. In Metropolitan Manila, Swap Straps is available by order, just contact (+63917) 885-5540. However, if you are anywhere in Metropolitan Bacólod, take a visit to the Learning Gallery. Where is the Learning Gallery? That is at Lourdes-C Centre beside L’Fisher Hotel, where the famous Calea Cakes – Lacson St. used to be before moving across. Do swing by and “like” the Swap Straps Fan Page on Facebook for more exciting infos and details.