Photographs by Ryan Agustin
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning! Whether it’ for a romantic dinner date or a casual daytime hangout, a top trending destination to celebrate the day of hearts is without a doubt Poblacion in Makati.
Just remember to slip on a comfy pair of shoes like Skechers GOwalk for this highly pedestrian area with charmingly weathered streets and minimal parking. You’re gonna be walking a little to a lot so ladies, ditch the heels! Gentlemen, leave your dress shoes at home.
Coffee shop: Commune.Ph
On him: Skechers GOWalk Evolution Ultra Rapids – Black (P3695). On her: Skechers GOWalk Evolution Ultra Rapids – Navy White (P3590)
Coffee shops are the best option for a relaxed place to just chill and chat, especially for those who don’t have too much time. As one of the original cafes here, Commune is a mainstay serving Philippine coffee and comfort food and has highly Instagrammable interiors too! To pull off a cozy and up to date look, try these trendy pattern pieces. Ladies can pair tailored plaid trousers with a Skechers slip-on in a matching shade and a classic fitted sweater. Guys can rock their striped button down polo shirt with slim chinos or jeans and Skechers GOwalk in triple black. The key is to balance the patterned piece with classic and neutral shades in the rest of your outfit. Also try: Buckys for small bites and dessert, and ABKD for fresh baked bread.
Streets and Alleys: Tambai
On him: Skechers GOWalk Evolution Ultra Rapids – Navy Gray (P3695). On her: Skechers GOWalk Revolution Ultra – Charcoal Blue (P4195)
For those into the most laid back of atmospheres, this sari sari store-turned yakitori place is perfect for a pre-game of barbecued meats with beer or sake. The outside area can get warm so dress comfortably in shorts or denim skirts. Keep things street casual with a tucked loose tee, or a denim jacket for when you wanna head upstairs for some A/C and DJ music.
Tambai can get crowded where many customers are happy to stand. A comfy pair of Skechers GOwalk kicks will bring you a long way, after all, an early stop at Tambai means there’s still the rest of the night to have fun and scour the rest of Poblacion. Also Try: Neighboring establishments Wantusawa Oyster bar and Ebi 10 Tempura resto.
Casual No-Frills Fun: The Social on Ebro
On him: Skechers GOWalk Revolution Ultra – Charcoal Orange (P4295). On her: Skechers GOWalk Evolution – Taupe (P3590)
The color blocked walls, curated food stalls and retail pop-ups, The Social on Ebro is a twist on your typical food park concept. Expect a super casual night with your partner or even the whole gang to chill eating Indian Streetfood, sourdough crust pizzas or sipping on cocktails from the inhouse bar. There’s a bunch of artsy corners to hang around and get some Instagram-worthy shots too. Take note that this food park is open air so dressing for comfort is key—distressed denims with your fave top and easy breathable footwear like Skechers GOwalks prep you for a carefree night!
Also try: Senor Polo and Kite Kebab bar on the same street
Tropical Feels: Tortuga
On him: On the Skechers GOWalk Evolution Ultra Rapids – Charcoal Gray (P3695). On her: Skechers GOWalk Evolution Ultra Rapids – Mauve (P3590)
Make his-and-hers couple dressing more fun with island vibes against playful hues as seen in tropical-themed Tortuga. Mauve and berry hues on the Skechers ______ and your skirt paired with a breezy white off-shoulder top is both trendy and venue appropriate. Meanwhile, guys can sport their boldest floral or Hawaiian print blouses with folded chinos or jeans and a pair of Skechers _____ . Originally a tiki island themed resto bar in Katipunan, Tortuga moved to Poblacion last year serving up a more resort chic and chill version offering delicious tapas and cocktails at unpretentious prices. Also try: Polilya for more ambient lounge vibes and The Wild Poppy for a more casual feel
Whether you choose to drop in for a quick cuppa or start early and stay until the wee hours, make the most of your v-day plan in bustling Poblacion by looking great and staying comfortable! Known as the shoes that offer all-day all-night comfort, Skechers GOwalk is a prime choice of footwear for the agenda. Hailed as the #1 walking shoe in the USA, the latest releases from this innovative line are now out in stores. The GOwalk Evolution looks and feels more like the classic GOwalk silhouettes while the GOwalk Revolution features a sleek high-apex upper with a snug, sock-like fit. Both have Air-Cooled Goga Mat insoles for cushioned comfort and Ultra Pillars on the outsoles that respond instantly to each step.