While I've praised SM Department Store's improving clothing offerings before, I've yet to say any kind words about the shoes they carry. Kind of weird when you think about, with the store being call "Shoe Mart" and all. Anyhow, I'm glad to report that things are looking up. Yes, shockingly, I found these awesome saddle shoes and brogues amidst all the faux leather, square-toed footwear the store's known for. They're made by a Marikina-based brand called Swatch and although the branding could've been more distinctive, the designers' hearts are in the right place.
The shape's exactly what I'm looking for nowadays - not particularly slim, a bit chunky, and with the perfect rounded toe. The saddle shoes, in particular, got me excited. Lord knows how long I've been looking for a relatively cheaper pair since the Cole Haans in Hong Kong and Swatch was gracious enough to bring me several colors to choose from. The brogues aren't bad too, but if I were to recommend, the rubber soles need some more streamlining. As you can see, though, it's really not that big a problem and for P2,500 a pair, it's another step in the right direction for SM.