The Bradshaw and Lloyd Collection:
In the old days a gentleman expected to spend one week’s salary on a pair of decent shoes. He would then expect them to last him a generation. This collection meets all those quality requirements and epitomizes all that was ever great about English shoemaking. Bench made in a factory in Northampton which has been hand crafting the very finest shoes since 1829, we are very proud to offer these shoes under the Bradshaw & Lloyd brand, at a fraction of the price they would be in London’s Jermyn Street. Last shape is crucial to the look of a shoe and this entire collection is made on the finest last we have seen in 20 years. Nothing has been spared in terms of the quality of materials. The upper leathers and linings are made using the very best calf leathers. The famously hard wearing oak bark tanned leather soles will last on average three times as long as regular leather soles. We are confident that once worn these shoes will become a prized possession and will last far longer than you thought possible – short of forking out a weeks’ wages.
The Loake Collection:
The Loake shoemaking tradition began in 1880 when brothers Thomas, John and William opened a factory in Northamptonshire in the heart of the English shoemaking industry. The aim of Loake shoes was to provide the most handsome, comfortable and durable gentlemen’s shoes possible. The present factory, in Wood Street, Kettering, was built by the brothers in 1894. Today, five generations later, Loake continues to be family owned and prides itself on the exceptional quality that only traditional skills and a family heritage can achieve. Loake are most famous for its fine, handcrafted Goodyear Welted shoes. Only the finest grade leathers and materials are used to create this renowned brand of footwear.
The Sanders Collection:
Sanders & Sanders Ltd was established in 1873 by brothers William and Thomas Sanders of Rushden, Northamptonshire. They had a vision of offering outstanding quality footwear to discerning members of the public throughout England. They had their five craftsmen, selected the finest English hides, the best local oak-bark tanned soles and began to design and make boots. The Sanders shoes vision has since been passed down from father to son and the company is currently in the fourth generation of family management, employing over one hundred craftsmen. Most of the footwear is made using the Goodyear Welted construction method, where the upper, insole, welt and sole are entirely stitched together. Although a very labour intensive process, this is acknowledged to be the finest construction for formal footwear.
The Sebgo Collection:
In 1946 the Sebago heritage of crafting quality handsewn footwear nearby Lake Sebago in Maine, USA, was initiated by three veteran shoemakers. Since then Sebago Inc. has become the world’s most recognised brand for producing premium, American, casual footwear. From the beginning, the company has been known for the highest standards of hands-on manufacturing techniques, proprietary processes, timeless styling and quality materials. At Sebago shoes, styling has always gone hand in hand with comfort. Great-fitting handsewn loafers and oxfords are built around comfort-based lasts, and Sebago created and patented the welt construction method used in many of these handsewns to provide maximum fit and comfort. Sebago obtained worldwide popularity for its Docksides boat shoe, representing the best in leisure lifestyle and great performing casual footwear.
The Trickers Collection:
In 1829, Joseph Barltrop and his wife Claire Louise Tricker founded what was to become one of the oldest English shoe manufacturers namely Tricker Limited. Five generations of Trickers shoes later, his family continue to apply the same traditional crafts and skills in the production of the world renowned shoes and are proud to be the holders of the Royal warrant from His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Using only the best available materials, including calf upper leather and oak bark tanned soles, Trickers craftsmen apply legendary skills to both hand-made and bench-made shoes, maintaining a standard seldom equalled in Goodyear welted footwear