Iconic Antwerp Boutique Coccodrillo Closed Its Doors After 36 Years


16 May

Iconic Antwerp Boutique Coccodrillo Closes Its Doors After 36 Years

This is the end of an era for internationally renowned Antwerp shoe boutique Coccodrillo. After 36 years they announced that they are closing their store today.

Fashion has been in a state of flux due to overproduction and radically different luxury consumption patterns during recent years. Fuelled by a year-round discount and sales culture, consumers have shifted their attention to new priorities like art and leisure which ultimately impacted the viability of our multi-brand boutique. We’ll miss Coccodrillo greatly, but we have decided to move on and look very much forward to new ventures in and beyond the world of creativity”, stated Co-founder Geert Bruloot.


Founded by partners Geert Bruloot and Eddy Michiels in 1983 Coccodrillo has been the go-to destination in town for footwear connoisseurs and shoe enthusiasts globally. Known for their impeccable eye for upcoming talent, Coccodrillo has always been a pioneer in modern footwear.

Throughout time, the founders are known to have taken the risk on a rookie with raw talent. From the beginning, Coccodrillo made it their mission to launch both Belgian and international icons and niche newcomers. Think the designers of the ‘Antwerp Six’, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Rombaut, etc.

Coccodrillo was also one of the certified curators pushing the revival of heritage Maisons like Lanvin, Gucci, Balmain and exclusive designers like Nicholas Kirkwood, Simone Rocha, Tabitha Simmons and Jacquemus. The world’s most luxurious brands like Prada, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Sergio Rossi, Dries Van Noten and Church’s also found a home there.

Iconic Antwerp Boutique Coccodrillo Closed Its Doors After 36 Years

Big changes in fashion retail and location

Anticipating crucial changes within retail and fashion, the Antwerp shoe boutique decided to move to the Arenbergstraat, in 2017. Into a beautifully designed 250 square-meter shop designed by Glenn Sestig, that became their flagship store.

However, continuing roadworks and infrastructure developments disrupted the reachability of the store. Combined with the big changes in fashion retail, the entire operation was impacted.

What’s next

“We’ve always been in the business of creativity and ultimately it’s all about the young talent and the amazing people behind the designs, not just the products in a store. We’re eager to expand our horizons and are already working on next steps beyond fashion to art, design, multimedia and all-round creative ways of living,” said Bruloot. 

Iconic Antwerp Boutique Coccodrillo Closed Its Doors After 36 Years

Photo credits: Jean-Pierre Gabriel

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