I am completely embarrassed to admit that I had not heard of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos until recently. This controversial figure is currently making headlines as the second richest Philippine politician. Many claim these riches were accumulated illegally during her husband’s reign.
Her life story is … well, quite a story – beauty queen, socialite, First Lady, assassination suspect, exiled politician and elected government official. Yes, in that order.
During her time as First Lady, Mrs. Marcos was famed for traveling the world to buy new shoes at a time when millions of Filipinos were living in extreme poverty. She and her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, ruled the Philippines from 1972 until 1986, when they fled the country during the People Power Revolution.
It is rumored that she left behind more than 3,000 pairs of eight-and-a-half sized shoes (my size, btw!) when she and her husband left the presidential palace.
More than 700 pairs are on display in the Marikina City Footwear Museum in Marikina, a district known as the shoe capital of the Philippines. The collection is comprised of shoes made in the Philippines, as well as designer shoes from Ferragamo, Dior and Chanel.
All I have to say is …. holy shoe collection!