Spotted: The Best Shoes and Bags People are Adding to Their Cart Right Now


If you’re looking for an expert-driven shopping list, you’ve come to the right space. Here, we’re sharing some of the best must-haves we swear by in the shoe and bag department—all ticking our criteria: function and style. 

Even better: These essentials are also trending for SM Malls Online’s shoppers, making them perfect for your back-to-school and last-minute shopping needs. And, if you spot something you like, you can even use code SHOP200OFF to get an extra P200 off on your purchases with a minimum spend of P1,000 (applicable for standard and same-day delivery). 

So, make sure you’ve your SM Malls Online app up and running on your devices—it’ll cover all your bases, from hot-ticket items to unmissable discounts. 

Below, you’ll uncover an edit of both footwear and bags that are all equal parts versatile and effortlessly chic no matter the season. There’s something for everyone in our roundup—work and play essentials that offer the ultimate accessories update. 

Gym Bag from the Surplus Shop

For the active set, a gym bag to round out your workout or PE ensemble is key for daily workout sessions and trips to the gym or studio classes. So, having the right one to tote around your change of clothes and more is essential.

To get you moving in style, we suggest you cop this light pink gym bag from the Surplus Shop for only P399. With a duffel silhouette, this bag has ample space to keep your personals safe and secure for, say, your weekly PE class, and a side compartment with room for an extra pair of slides or trainers. It also has exterior straps to keep it hanging in place. 

DVL Rettangolo from Straightforward

With an outer stitch, raw-edged cut, and corners that are tucked and folded, the DVL Rettangolo in teal is the minimalist shopper tote to comfortably wear over your shoulders. 

And it’s pretty sizable enough to fit all your staples—a 16-inch laptop, notebooks, planner, wallet, keys, tumbler, and even a beauty kit. We also love that it’s water-resistant and crafted from a cruelty-free and an intensely durable alternative to cowhide leather. 

You’ll be happy to know that the Rettangolo is on a buy-1, take-1 offer right now for only P1,500. So, now’s the time to invest in this timeless tote that’ll stay with you for years to come. 

Stan Smith Shoes from Adidas

Roll with the classic Stan Smith from Adidas. This pair won big on the tennis court back in the day, but it started getting good rep on the runways and the streets when it was relaunched in 2010. 

From top to bottom, though, these kicks still capture the essential style of the 1971 original, with a minimalist leather build and a clean trim. You can cop these timeless tennis trainers to up your street or campus cred for P4,000—a sweet spot for students in search for a cool-girl or cool-boy pair that lasts. 

Adidas Ultraboost 1.0 from Sports Central

Designed to keep you comfortable, the Adidas Ultraboost 1.0 can keep you company from a walk in the park to a weekend run with pals. The super Primeknit gently hugs your feet, while the Boost on the midsole cushions from the first stride to the last mile.

It also has a Stretchweb outsole that flexes naturally for an energized ride and Continental™ Rubber that provides traction. If you want to keep that stylish pep in your step, you can grab the Ultraboost 1.0 at P9,500 from Sports Central. 

We Bare Bear Lunch Bag from Miniso

A pretty lunch bag like this one from Miniso would look so much better on your arm and in your office pantry. Plus, it’s so cute that you won’t be embarrassed to pull it out when you need to munch on your to-go meals. 

The We Bare Bear lunch bag’s on sale right now at 20% off, going for only P143.20 instead of P179. It has an adorable Ice Bear print in front and comes in black, which looks sophisticated yet fun enough to bring to work without the need to hide it inside your office bag. 

Jansport Superbreak® Plus Dark Duachrome

Backpack from The Travel Club

A great backpack is a constant companion for students, carrying all the essentials for a long day of classes, clubs, sports, internships, and more. However, it’s not just for toting gear and dailies, it’s also a wardrobe staple and a chance for students to express their personal style. 

A good-looking option that’s versatile and durable enough to stand up to plenty of wear is the Jansport Superbreak® Plus from The Travel Club, which adds a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve to an already classic pack. 

Jansport has made it even more functional with the addition of a side bottle pocket, organizer compartment to keep essentials in place, and straight-cut shoulder straps providing comfort for heavy loads. Shop this ergonomically pleasing workhorse for P2,990. 

Start planning your shopping spree today and conveniently checkout via your SM Malls Online app. Remember to key in code SHOP200OFF to get an extra P200 off on your online orders with a minimum spend of P1,000 (applicable for standard and same-day delivery). 

ICYMI—all our picks from the SM Malls Online app are perfect for your back-to-school, last-minute shopping, especially if you’re on the lookout for the best deals and discounts. 

Don’t forget to visit SM Deals for expert picks and deal savers in and out of the metro.