The Most Exciting New Stores Now Open in New York City
From loafers and leather goods to swimwear, the best boutiques to visit
Written by Natasha Wolff
New York City institution Belgian Shoes sells hand-sewn, hand-turned loafers, manufactured in Belgium. Owned by luxury shoe manufacturer Georges Vanacker, the entrepreneur entrusted his three daughters, Barbara, Vanessa and Sarah to run operations, manufacturing and sales in 2019. The brand’s signature men’s and women’s styles consist of an unstructured loafer that is constructed inside out, hand turned and finished. Each insole on these comfortable, light-as-air shoes is filled with piano felt inner lining that is hand stitched into the sole by skilled artisans in the Belgian countryside. The shoes are available in four widths and available in a rainbow of colors and prints in leather, suede, jacquard, velvet and pony hair. The label’s devoted international following features multi-generational fans who can now visit the newly redesigned 55th Street flagship to find their favorite flats. The latest for the brand is a partnership with London-based artist Boyarde Messenger, founder and creative director of Boyarde Art House. Messenger handpainted two unique, colorful surrealist artworks using the classic Midinette and the Mr. Casual loafers as her canvas making some fancy footwear indeed.