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Philippines' shoe industry has a new spring in its step

Metro Manila's Marikina revives with help from net-savvy salespeople

Former first lady Imelda Marcos, the Philippines' best-known lover of shoes, has her own section at the Marikina Footwear Museum in Metro Manila.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Marikina, a city in Metro Manila, was once known as Southeast Asia's leading center for shoemaking. The industry fell into decline with the arrival of cheaper Chinese shoes two decades ago, but there are signs of a revival as internet-savvy entrepreneurs breathe new life into the business.

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