Sep-May: Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm; Sat, 10am-3pm; Sun, closed; Jun-Aug: Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun, closed
E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.; 6 at 51st St.
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For more than half a century, Belgian Shoes has offered high-end variations on a timeworn, durable design—the flat moccasin with an egg-shaped vamp outlined by piping. New Yorkers who once could only find the brand at Henri Bendel can now visit this unassuming but well-stocked shop just off of Park Avenue. Some styles, like the Mr. Casual for men and Midinette for women, are leather-soled, while others, like the more casual Traveler and Travelette, have rubber bottoms. Finishes run the gamut from chic lizard-calf, metallic, and zebra-print to warmly hued velvet, suede, and wool. While the insteps are typically accented by the maker’s trademark bow, they can also be embellished with an assortment of decorative patches—crowns, monograms, sports-themed crests, theater masks, even monkeys. Sizing can be tricky, as the shoes follow neither a standard European nor American system, but given that all styles come in four widths, a comfortable fit seems likely.