Trend Alert: 10 ‘Bakya’-Looking Pairs That Will Refresh Your Wardrobe
Trust us when we say that 2021 will be the best year to wear 'bakya' pairs again!
The bakya is making a comeback and you're seeing it here first. We're reimagining the idea of comfy as dull with footwear that have already made a mark in our history. Whether it's piping hot or it's pouring rain, this unlikely holy grail has been with us ever since so what's stopping us from wearing them today?
For those who may need a little refresher about this iconic footwear, each culture has its own version of bakya, the Japanese have the geta, the Swedish have the träskor, and the Spanish have the albarcas. There is little known history whether who originally invented the first pair of wooden clogs but let it be known that each country has its own design identity. Our durable and versatile bakya is commonly made from locally-sourced light wood such as santol and laniti. During summertime, Filipinas use this footwear to take long walks under the sun whether it be on the cemented streets of Manila or the untainted roads of the countryside. The bakya is just as helpful during the rainy season. The one-inch to two-inch heel from these pairs prevented the feet from getting muddied in rain puddles. When it comes to design, the bakya also made a lasting impression to locals and tourists with its hand-carved floral, geometric, or landscape designs. Filipinas have considered the bakya as holy grails since day one and if these pairs will ever get a resurgence, 2021 would be the best time to wear it again!
Although we have yet to see a plethora of these style staples again, we luckily found a few promising pairs from some of our very own local brands. Studio Josanna just recently released a colossal fashion statement in the form of Parang Bakya, a pair made with fish skin uppers and mango wood that gives the traditional bakya a run for its money. For girls who are looking for extra straps for support, the Lakambini sandals from Tara Wares is perfect for you. This eco-friendly pair has straps that are made out of genuine leather and braided jute that offer premium support. Another noteworthy find is the Manila sandals from La Soledad Studios. Although it is primarily made out of abaca, these sandals are heavily inspired by the bakya's heel height, thick straps, and form.
Take a look at our line-up down below to shop the pairs we mentioned above and the bakya-looking pairs we picked out from global brands as well. From Jacquemus' contemporary take on it, our new neutral must-have from Tory Burch, to Mango's groovy clogs, may these pieces inspire you to incorporate a bakya in your wardrobe now.
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