The 5 best shops for shoes and bags in Antwerp
Zappa dates from the days when Kammenstraat was an edgy fashion street. One of the last independent stores in the neighbourhood, its owners still like to turn heads with their quirky window displays. You find colourful and sometimes bizarre footwear by British, Spanish and Portuguese brands, as well as socks and bags to match.
Yvette Van Riel sells cool shoes and sandals for young women in a bare white interior that could almost be an art gallery. As well as international brands, she sells her own collection called Euforie made by skilled Italian craftsmen.
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This upmarket store stocks smart designer shoes for men and women. The collections include footwear by Maison Martin Margiela, Paul Smith, Converse and Vans. They also stock bags, satchels and bracelets.
Guy Thiron was an industrial designer before he discovered that his real passion lay in shoes. He sells beautiful well-made footwear for men and women in a restored building in the fashion quarter. His favourite brands include Céline, Martin Margiela MM6 and Megumi Ochi.
Antwerp professionals Ine and Helga set out in 2017 to design a stylish women’s bag that was roomy enough to hold all the essentials on a business trip. They called their brand Kaai after the Antwerp kaaien (quays). The leather bags are designed to be practical, with spaces to hold a laptop, phone, water bottle and passport. One customer noted that her Kaai bag was her ‘mobile office’.
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