Richard de Winter launched the first boot with his name on it in 2015 having spent 25 years working in the shoe industry. It was clear that quality boots bearing famous brand names were getting ludicrously expensive and getting beyond the reach of the man who wanted a high quality boot for everyday use. In working closely with the factories and selling directly to the public Richard realized that he could offer his customers the very highest quality boot at much more sensible prices.
The entire range of De Winter boots are made entirely in England in Rushden, Northamptonshire. This area in the very centre of England has been at the heart of traditional shoemaking for centuries. The industry originally developed here because of the plentiful supply of water, leather, oak trees, skilled labour and good communication links. Today the skills required to make quality footwear are in the very blood of the population. Sons and daughters will still follow their parents into the industry where, unusually these days, it really is possible to secure a job for life.
What makes De Winter boots so very different is the last on which they are made. The Hurst last is used to form the shape and fit of the entire collection. The resultant boot offers a very regular fit to suit most feet combined with an elegant toe shape which is not too long. You can return in years to come for another pair of these boots in the knowledge that they will fit you exactly the same as that first pair.
De Winter boots are only available directly from the Bradshaw & Lloyd shop in Hurstpierpoint or from the online store at www.bradshawandlloyd.com.