The Friends of the Shoe Quarter embrace, recognize and encourage the Shoe Quarter in all its facets.

The Friends of the Shoe Quarter embrace, recognize and encourage the Shoe Quarter in all its facets. They were emphatically involved financially and creatively in the creation of the form in which the Shoe Quarter now exists. Therefore, the Friends are also justifiably proud of the beautiful new building and the functions it contains: the innovative manufacturing lab, the unique knowledge center and the museum with an internationally renowned shoe collection.

As committed Friends, they want to continue to support the Shoe Quarter in the future. The Friends support the expansion of the collection, the development of exhibitions and the realization of special projects. The main goal: to keep the Shoe Quarter up to date and worth visiting regularly. The Friends do this out of their drive to preserve and update the cultural heritage of the Langstraat. Now, but certainly also in the future.


As a Friend, you always have free admission to the museum and benefit from discounts and fun events. And of course you support the Shoe Quarter in its development and innovation.

The benefits at a glance:

  • Free admission
  • 10% discount in the museum shop
  • A periodic newsletter with information about special events and meetings
  • An annual Friends Day
Become a friend
In the near future you will receive an invoice. This amounts to 30 euros per year for a Friend or 42 euros per year for a Friend with partner. After payment of your invoice you will receive a Friends card in your name.


As a donor you not only support the museum, but you also get many extras. For example, admission to the museum is always free for several people, there is an annual friends and donors day, you receive invitations to unique events and your name is mentioned on this page. You are already a donor from 120 euros per year or similar material support

Contact the foundation board of the Friends of the Shoe Quarter at or call 0416 33 27 38


The Friends of the Shoe Quarter Foundation has been in existence for many years and during that time it has secured special members. The foundation board may therefore proceed to appoint ambassadors. These are individuals who have actively devoted themselves to the Circle of Friends for many years with a high degree of commitment. Through the ambassadorship their valuable knowledge, administrative experience and network remains available to the Friends.


  • Frans Brokx, former chairman
  • Jan van Lier*, former board member
  • Mr. Rob van Schaik, former mayor of Waalwijk
  • Drs. Ronald van der Zijl, former director of the Efteling
  • Joep Hamburg, former board member

Jan van Lier is also an advisor to the Shoe Quarter on collection expansion and serves on the purchasing committee