Henri Bendel (yes, that Henry Bendel) founded Belgian Shoes, maybe still one of the last places on earth to find handmade, custom loafers for under $500. Trace your foot carefully on a piece of paper or visit their shop on 55th street in NYC for a comfy, no heel antidote to the towering heels and platforms that look good but ultimately leave you needing Dr. Scholl’s pads and potions from Duane Reade to get you through the day.
If you want to order yours with the full Wasp bit, complete with crests, monograms, etc.,add $85 to the tab. They also have shoes for guys. These black tie patent classics have a Gatsby 20’s feel and are named after Mr. Bendel.
Belgian Shoes is located at 110 East 55th Street New York NY 10022 Between Park and Lexington Ave.