Once the most preferred footwear of Filipinas, the bakya carries with it a long-standing history that dates back to hundreds of years ago. It survived the Spanish colonization, and it was a common souvenir for Americans back in the colonial era.
However, in today’s modern world, the use of the country’s national slipper is almost always limited to cultural presentations, merely a part of a Buwan ng Wika costume. That’s why Annie & Lori, an up-and-coming local shoe brand, decided to go back to their Filipino roots and encourage modern Pinays to incorporate the bakya into their modern lives.
With their chic and minimalist version of the bakya called the Nicola, Annie & Lori merges some of the features of the traditional footwear with the brand’s signature timeless design, neutral hues, and clean stitches.
The open toe Nicola sports a 1.5-inch rounded wooden heel that complements the restrained and masterful work on the top panel of the sandals made from pure leather. Constructed with the stylish modern Filipina in mind that’s always on the go, the leather panel is further accentuated by sexy cut-outs on both sides of the feet, and it also features extra cushion for added sole comfort.
To see more photos of the Nicola and the rest of the collection of Annie & Lori, follow them on social media (Facebook: www.facebook.com/annieandlori and Instagram @annieandlori).