Shoe puns, anyone? I can hardly keep track of them all. Women who have had ish-shoes over the agony of defeet should shoe away their blues! When people say you have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to actually relate to their lives, these expert tips are already tried and tested.

A recent encounter with our love for shoe porn last June 8 at Luxx Vudu made us forget about the flats and the mules and kitten heels in the world. Mark Tenchavez of Shandar, whose sole proprietorship of Shandar and now Shandar Shoes was the sole reason that photographers and fashion enthusiasts all showed their support for the launching of the Cebuano shoe designer’s first collection. (photo below of Ian Javier Photography)

We have fallen head over heels with the intricateness and shoeniqueness of the Shandar Shoe designs! “I like each of them beacuse i designed it accordingly to my muse,” says Mark. Named after Christina Frasco, Marjay Ramirez, Gayle Urgello and Ceilo Ramirez, Shandar muses have big shoes to fill in and they are in all their bespoke glamour and glory.

Tessa Prieto-Valdez shaking off her hosting duties post-fashion show with Monch, Romero and Jessie

The models who also wore toe to toe Shandar shoes were Jude Bacalso, Katsy Borromeo, Erika Castillo, Kloodie Del Rosario, Claire Elardo, Elena Gabuya, Darlene Hopkirk, Anna Maris Igpit, Lani Pasquet, May Ann Remo, Vanessa Sanchez, Elvira Stehr of MAC Models, Mary Ty-Apares, Beverly Lim, Mercy Abellana, Mia Arcenas, Giebeth Go-King of MAC Models, and Leslie Reyes. “We want to show that Shandar is for all women, regardless of shape,size and personality,” Mark explained.

Cebu fashion designers who also contributed to the Shandar Shoes fashion show were Edwin Alba, Edwin Ao, Hans Coquilla, Ronald Enrico, Jun Escario, Arcy Gayatin, Philip Tampus, Mary Ty, Lory Mer Villareal and Mique Yapching.


Wooden shoe be wanting and longing for your own pair of Shandar Shoes, too? Not for hiking though.

How to walk in these shoes is easy   – don’t get cold feet!

Guess who I had to bump into (and grabbed her photo)? Khymm of Shopcoholic!

Cebu makeup artists such as Hans Ferrer, Emi Ayag, Owen Taboada, Jessie Glova and Ramil Solis teamed up with Angelo Kangleon and Joseph Ong for creating the catalogue of Shandar and reliving the craft during the launching. Shandar shoes just went totally uphill from there. Mark Tenchavez shared that, “Once you wear Shandar, you [will] feel elegant and proud and not to mention sexy [and] stylish at the same time.”


“I and rest of the TEAM would like to THANK everyone who came & supported our Shandar Grand Launch! specially to ms.Meyen Baguio for her never ending support even though she is miles away & Angelo Kangleon for our beautilful catalogue photos,Ms.Tessa Valdes,Luxx @ VUDU,Waterfront Casino & Hotel,Frances Pilapil Evangelista Designs, our very own Cebuano Fashion Designers & Make-up artists,stage director Peter Uy & staff, @viva villareal,Binky Sybico & @Claire Paden,Dear FRIENDS(u know hu u are! <3 ) & Models,and Carry Santiago for sending us his support! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! @Owen Taboada, you’re such a Life Saver! Chassy Cortes of Y101, Valeriano Tomol III (MAC),Chiquiboy,Carlo-brit,Katrina,Pops Bacatan and BERGAMO BTC for letting us use their shop for the fitting <3 u all”

Mark Tenchavez, Shandar