Boots © Martin Bing

Dirk Bikkembergs for Dirk Bikkembergs S.R.L.

MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp

MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

Dirk Bikkembergs, one of the famous ‘Antwerp Six’, would become known for his signature shoes: robust with a defiantly utilitarian aesthetic, inspired by boots worn by the military, mountaineers, and construction workers. In the 1980s, his designs particularly stood out from the then-popular sharp, Italian style of men’s footwear. Specifically, Bikkembergs footwear was stitched from thick, hardwearing leather atop heavy soles, often making a decorative feature of straps and lacing. One early signature feature was the bootlace passed through an eyelet in the heel of the boot, creating a bound-in aesthetic reminiscent of mountain-climbing footwear.


  • Title: Boots © Martin Bing
  • Creator: Dirk Bikkembergs
  • Fashion House: Dirk Bikkembergs
  • Physical Dimensions: Measurement: 29cm (11 7/16in.)
  • Type: Boot
  • Photographer: Martin Bing for MoMu
  • Rights: All rights reserved
  • Medium: Leather

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