Claim: Imelda Marcos has no desire for shoes and most of them were given by Marikina shoemakers for her to promote them to the world
In the video, Imelda said that she had no desire for shoes (even if Monsod insisted on her 3,000 pair collection) and said that she is merely promoting the shoe industry of Marikina. In the video, a woman was interviewed saying that shoemakers in Marikina were gifting her ten pairs a week.
If indeed that is true, then she would have amassed 520 pairs a year or more than the 3,000 pairs which were widely known to be in her collection.
The 3,000 pair was already disputed as this was the number counted by the Philippine Commission on Good Government and the accounting firm Sycip, Gorres and Velayo.
Time Magazine, CNN, New York Times, and BBC, however, estimated the number to be just more than 1,000 pairs even as Associated Press in 2012 said that 1,000 were already destroyed by termites and molds.
The Marikina Shoe Museum, which took the collection displayed in Manila, had 253 pairs on display and 467 in storage.
Although many are locally made, many more are imported labels.
“The black pumps, embedded with stones and gold sparkles, fitted her so well, Mrs. Marcos ordered more pairs in the same style,” it said. Imelda had 58 Beltrami pairs.
) listed the shoes at the Marikina Museum and among the most popular are indeed imported names like Charles Jourdan, Christian Dior, Bruno Magli, Ravne, Evan Picone, Gucci, Oleg Cassini, Walter Steiger, Anne Klein, and Stuart Weitzman. The cheapest of these imported pairs was almost US100.
Her Marikina shoes cost from six to eleven dollars.