Other than the Belgian Shoes boutique in New York, for 15 years, Nicholas Haslam Ltd is the only place in the world where you can purchase a pair of these iconic shoes.
The ultimate in comfort and luxury. They are the ideal leisure shoe, perfect for everyday use and can transcend from day to evening with both comfort and style.
Henri Bendel, established in 1895, was a women’s accessories store based in New York City that sold the Henri Bendel brand of handbags, jeweler, luxury fashion accessories, home fragrances and gifts. Its flagship New York store was located at 712 Fifth Avenue until 2019.
The nephew of Henri Bendel discovered the shoes on a trip to Belgium and in 1955 he established the Belgian Shoes boutique in New York.
In 1979, Bendel met Georges Vanacker, an established luxury shoe manufacturer in Belgium. They decided to do business together and become equal partners with a simple handshake. In 2019, Georges Vanacker became the sole proprietor of Belgian Shoes and entrusted his three daughters to run operations, manufacturing and sales, whilst conserving the integrity and rarity of the brand.
The signature styles; Mr Casual and Midinette are a unique design of an unstructured loafer that is sewed inside out and then hand turned after completion to create the shoe that you see today.
The key to the shoe’s success is their indisputable comfort, which is achieved through their simple, hand-finished construction. Each insole is hand sewn, over a light filling of ‘piano hair’ by skilled craftswomen, who work out of their homes in the Belgian countryside.
The signature bow in the vamp is the finishing touch, tied by a unique and qualified Belgian artisan.
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Belgian Shoes come in both women and men’s styles. Shoes are available in various sizes and widths to ensure that everyone is catered for. Although you can browse the shoes here (input website), you will need to contact us at our showroom in London to make your purchase to ensure you receive your perfect fit.
The under-stated, chic aesthetic of these shoes has awarded them many fans, from the late Andy Warhol to photographer Mario Testino, model Rachel Chandler and the president of Manolo Blahnik. As the antithesis of flash, the Belgian Shoe line has never been more in demand and a new generation of fashionable traditionalists have been drawn to the brand.