Photo of Imelda Marcos, the Iron Butterfly courtesy of Wikipedia
Have you ever been curious about the 2,720 pairs of shoes that Imelda Marcos left behind in Malacanang Palace when she and her husband were forced to flee the palace up the popular "People's Power" uprising. Curious about whether Kate spade shoes or shoes made by Michael Kors are included in her gargantuan shoe collection? If so, you should pay a visit to the Marakina Shoe Museum in the Philippines to find out.
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Among some few hundred pairs of her size 8 1/2 shoes on displayed at the Marikina Shoe Museum include one with gold trim, another studded with rhinestones and two pairs of knee-high boots. It is a good thing that the convenience of online shoe retailers wasn't available during those time she and her husband Ferdinand Marcos was in power or else there would be way more than just 2700 pairs of shoes abandoned by the Iron Butterfly.
The City of Marikina on Luzon Island, Philippines, is also know as the Shoe Capital of Philippines. At the Marikina shoe museum, you will not only get to view shoes worn by Imelda Marcos, you will also see shoes worn by dignitaries around the world.