Brantano Footwear

Brantano Footwear (Brantano, en de wereld ligt aan je voeten (English: Brantano, and the world is at your feet)) was a European chain of retail stores specialising in footwear for men, women and children, that was founded in Belgium.

Brantano N.V.
HeadquartersLede, Belgium
Number of locations
286 stores
Area served
Europe, Middle East
Key people
André Brantegem, Founder
RevenueDecrease 295.2 million (FY 2006)
Increase 35.9 million (FY 2006)
Decrease 29.5 million (FY 2006)
Number of employees
ParentBrantano N.V. (1962-2007)
Macintosh Retail Group (2007-2016)

It went into administration in March 2017. The stores closed in June 2017 with the loss of over 900 jobs.


The company originated from a small factory run by André Brantegem and his brother in Lede, East Flanders. The Brantegem brothers were sons of a cobbler. They specialised in ladies' shoes which they sold to wholesalers and retailers in Belgium. Eventually the brothers separated and in 1962 André initiated a retail outlet at the factory. This evolved into the Brantano chain of shoe shops.

Brantano closed its Dutch and Danish stores in 2005, and subsequently liquidated its French stores.

In 2007, Dutch holding company Macintosh Retail Group took over ownership of Brantano. In 2015, Macintosh sold the Brantano UK subsidiary to Alteri Investors.


  • Brantano Luxembourg SA, operates stores in Luxembourg.
  • Brimmo NV and Muys NV, operates stores in Belgium.


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Brantano N.V." 2 July 2019.

External linksEdit

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