Collection

The foundation of the Shoe Quarter's collection was laid by Anthony Hendriks. Besides being a shoemaker and teacher of shoemaking, he was a passionate collector of shoes. During the SLEM (Shoes, Leather and Fashion) exhibition held in Waalwijk in 1953, Hendriks presented his collection. His collection, which included footwear from all over the world, historical footwear and shoemaking tools, attracted a lot of attention. This also did not escape a number of shoe manufacturers from the region, who then took the initiative to establish a shoe museum. In this way, Hendriks' collection could be permanently displayed to the public. 

 

Since then, the Shoe Quarter's collection has expanded considerably. Currently, the collection has over 20,000 objects. The largest partial collection of these is the shoe collection of just under 13,000 pieces. The oldest complete shoe in the collection is a wooden trip from around 1300. The focus of the collection, however, is on shoes produced in the period 1875-1975, when the shoe industry in the Netherlands was in full swing. After this, the manufacturing industry largely moved to low-wage countries and there was an increasing degree of globalization. 

Well-known designers from home and abroad are well represented in the collection. It was not until the twentieth century that the shoe design profession was recognized, with big names in twentieth-century shoe history such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Charles Jourdan and Roger Vivier. By Beth Levine, an American shoe designer nicknamed the "First Lady of Shoes," we ourselves have a unique, wide-ranging collection outside her native country. Important Dutch names like Jan Jansen, Charles Bergmans and Fred de la Bretonnière and Lolapagola can't be missing either, of course.  

 

Starting in the 1980s, the rise of the sneaker as everyday footwear began. Since then, sneakers have become an integral part of the street scene. Moreover, from the 21st century we no longer see only sports brands such as adidas and Nike in the sneaker field, but also major fashion brands, whether or not in collaboration with the "classic" sneaker brands. Fashion classics, such as the famous tabi by Maison Margiela, can then just be combined with a sneaker model by Reebok.  

In any case, designer shoes have played an increasingly important role in recent decades. These include specific shoe brands such as Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik, as well as broader fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Alexander McQueen. Dutch designers such as Viktor & Rolf and Jan Taminiau. We also carry many shoes from United Nude, founded by Rem Koolhaas.