- Joel Wijangco’s “Sister’s Favorite” won second place at the 7th Filipino Footwear Design Competition (FFDC)
- The footwear is inspired by his sister’s favorite food, ramen
- The ramen shoes, along with the other winning pieces, are going to represent the Philippines at the International Footwear Design Competition (IFDC) in China by 2022
A one-of-a-kind footwear made by a Filipino designer is set to join an international competition in China by 2022.
Joel Wijangco’s “Sister’s Favorite” captivated the flair and fancy of those at the 7th Filipino Footwear Design Competition (FFDC) that it bagged the second place. Joel, along with other contestants, worked with established shoemakers to turn their sketches into reality.
True to its name, the footwear is inspired by Joel’s sister’s favorite food, ramen. The heelless footwear is made of resin, rubber, plastic, metal, cable wires, miso cowl, fake banana leaves, and chopsticks.
More than a work of art, the ramen shoes is a tribute to Joel’s sister whom he describes as “very brave.”
“She’s a very brave and hardworking woman, and one of the things that she used to order whenever she’s here visiting from Japan would be the ramen — it’s one of her favorites,” Joel shared.
He added that his work is timely as we continue to face challenging days. Joel admitted he thought it would be fun “to take this innocent little bowl of noodles and make it the hero of its own fairy tale. So it’s a campy and humorous piece, and I think that it’s something we need right now in this time of anger and fear and bad news.”
Proud to be a self-taught designer, Joel said his creations range from being “over the top” to elegant and classy but always inspired by heartwarming personal stories.
The cheeky yet fancy-looking ramen shoes, along with the other winning pieces are going to represent the Philippines at the International Footwear Design Competition (IFDC) in Guangzhou, China by 2022.
Those who are interested to have their own “ramen shoes” or have it slightly custom designed can reach out to the designer at [email protected]