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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!

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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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Mango Asymmetric Leather Clogs

Feeling a bit under the weather lately? Let these asymmetric wooden sandals from Mango cheer you up! Simple yet groovy enough to make us smile, best believe that we will be wearing this all day every day with either a white corset and denim jeans or a dainty lilac puffy dress.

  • Mango Asymmetric Leather Clogs

Loeffler Randall Regina Clog Sandals in Tan Floral

If you think you have seen enough florals this year, think again. These floral print wooden clogs from Loeffler Randall are for those ultra femme fashionistas out there! Pair this with a tank top and a silk satin skirt and you are good to go.

  • Loeffler Randall Regina Clog Sandals in Tan Floral

Tara Wares The Lakambini Sandals

The Lakambini sandals from Tara Wares are the best bakya update we can ever ask for. Durable, eco-friendly and entirely biodegradable, this carefully hand-shaped pair is a love letter to Filipinas who love taking care of the earth just as much as they love fashion.

  • Tara Wares The Lakambini Sandals

Jacquemus Off-White ‘Les Tatanes’ Sandals

If we could wear Jacquemus all summer long, we would. These buffed calfskin sandals from the cult favorite brand reminds us of the bakya pairs we use for special occasions only. Complete with logo-engraved antiqued hardware and an open square toe, this pair can stylishly dress down any luxurious look.

  • Jacquemus Off-White ‘Les Tatanes’ Sandals

Miista Hannah Pistachio Nubuck Clogs

London-based footwear brand Miista has been constantly giving us trendy yet sturdy pairs lately! This pistachio-colored nubuck clogs will surely look good with a statement tee, an earth-toned silk skirt, and an off-white tote bag for a more casual look or a brown tailored blazer and trousers for a more smart casual look.

  • Miista Hannah Pistachio Nubuck Clogs

Ancient Greek Sandals The Harness Clog

All roads are leading towards these wavy wooden clogs from Ancient Greek Sandals! Best paired with a maxi dress, these sandals will surely let you groove under the sun.

  • Ancient Greek Sandals The Harness Clog

Veronica Beard Hannalee Platform Clog Mules

Take floral outfitting to the next level with these platform clogs from Veronica Beard. Dress a la Harry Styles with this pair on and go wild with your florals, ginghams, or pleats.

  • Veronica Beard Hannalee Platform Clog Mules

Tory Burch Jessa Mid-Heel Clog Sandals

Say hi to the hottest neutral pair in this line-up. The Jessa mid-heel wooden clogs from Tory Burch are perfect for days when you just want to slip on a fresh white buttondown dress for brunch or afternoon tea. No need to accessorize when you got this pair on!

  • Tory Burch Jessa Mid-Heel Clog Sandals

Studio Josanna Parang Bakya in Fish Skin

For cool girls who like to stomp around town, these bakyas from Studio Josanna are heaven-sent just for you. This Marikina-made pair is designed with a fish skin upper, antique studs, and contrast stiching. Just by the looks of it, it would be an understatement to say that this pair is not for the faint of heart!

  • Studio Josanna Parang Bakya in Fish Skin

La Soledad Studios Manila in Natural Abaca

Although far from the usual wooden clogs you saw in this line-up, these Manila sandals from La Soledad Studios is heavily inspired by the form of a bakya. From the heel height, the straps, down to the abaca material used in the shoe, this has definitely signaled our love for bakyas again.

  • La Soledad Studios Manila in Natural Abaca
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