For SOG Corporation, making shoes is a family tradition.
Tracing its roots to four generations of "shoemakers",
SOG takes pride in its solid foundation in the craft and in the
Corporation was founded by Manuel Samson in 1985 as a manufacturing
corporation for OTTO shoes. But it was decades earlier when the
Samsons first ventured into shoemaking.
Beginning even before the Second World War, the Pascuals and their
in-laws, the Samsons, were already in the shoe business. Greater
strides were made, however, when Vicente Samson and his wife,
Lucena Pascual-Samson built their own shoe empire in 1967 carrying
the Stork brand.
The brand was eventually changed, consequently giving birth to
OTTO brand. Under the able stewardship of Vicente's son, Manuel,
the OTTO brand grew from a single store in Pasig employing 5 people
in 1979 to a nationwide network of 63 stores as it provides jobs
to more than 300 employees and subcontractors.
Known for its durability and quality, the OTTO brand introduced
such innovations as the metal bulldogs and the carasole, or carabao
hide footbeds. It also popularized local versions of Indian moccasins,
penny loafers, and wooden clogs during the 1980's.
Today, the OTTO brand under the SOG Corporation continues its
tradition of craftsmanship and innovation with new store concepts,
new designs, and new products for the OTTO retail outlets as well
as the OTTO World of Shoes stores, as it carries on Manuel's vision
of providing quality footwear for all walks of life.
The SOG manufacturing facilities are located in two modern factories
in Antipolo with a combined area of 18,249 square meters. Currently,
it is capable of producing 126,000 pairs of men's shoes, 110,000
pairs of women's shoes, 70,000 pairs of children's shoes, 228,000
pairs of sandals, and 636,000 slippers annually, aside from other
accessories and materials used for manufacturing footwear.
Included among its top-of-the-line manufacturing equipment are:
E266 MOD -Six Stations, Desma Vulcanizing machine, Sole jointing
and injecting machine, Plastak injection moulding machine model
HL30 plus accessories, Injection machine, Plastic injection machine,
Desma machine, Mixing mill model ML2-3, Desma vulcanizing presses
203, G.F.P. Perforating machine model 500 D1 plus accessories,
Moulding machine with 16 stations, Pelleting reproductive equipment,
Hydraulic Press, Automatic plastic shoe molding machine, Shoelast
machine, 3T Vario-OUT Special, Sole edge grinding machine, Auto
sole edge grinding machine, Scrap skiving machine with accessories,
Automatic sole cutter M/C, Toe lasting machine, Conveyor.
Housed inside the facility are sub contractors included in its
Housing Program - one roof divided into 10 different small shops,
awarded to 10 loyal and skilled laborers that produce 5000 pairs
Manuel P. Samson
Founder and President
Norma T. Samson
Myrna C. Basco
Twinkle T. Samson
Branch Network Manager
Human Resources Manager
Estella R. Domingo
Philip N. Luna