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Coccodrillo, Antwerp
May 25, 2010, 11:03 am
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Spotlight on this legendary shoe shop.  Coccodrillo, the Antwerp shoe store with the worldwide reputation, has finally given men the floor. The boutique’s new location, directly across the street from the original, is dedicated to masculine footwear. “The store was getting too small,” said co-founder Geert Brulot. “Plus, designers were always asking us to split it up. So when the space became available, we decided to follow our heart.”

The men’s shop takes its cues from its sibling, with its Art Deco via Buenos Aires décor and dedication to high fashion. Right now, that means helping men navigate what Brulot feels is an increasing emphasis on adolescent, androgynous looks — “not something the man in the street can necessarily identify with,” as he diplomatically put it. So while names like Prada, Raf Simons and Dior are well represented, Brulot and his partner, Eddy Michiels, are also working with starchier cobblers like Church’s, which has reinterpreted its traditional brogues in bright colors for Coccodrillo.

Coccodrillo, Schuttershofstraat 8, Antwerp, +32 3 233 20 93.

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Ronald Stoops

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