Trickers have been hand crafting shoes in their Northampton factory since 1829. Their 1829 collection of formal shoes are possibly the finest, most long-lasting shoes money can buy. The entire collection are made on Trickers 4537 last. This is the wooden, foot shaped mould around which the shoe is made and which determines the ultimate shape of the shoe. There are literally thousands of lasts upon which a shoe can be made and some suit certain types of footwear more than others. The 4537 last certainly produces the finest looking formal shoe which we at Bradshaw & Lloyd have seen in a quarter of a century. It’s not easy to describe what makes these Trickers shoes so stunning but it is all to do with how the forepart of the shoe is finely tapered to an ever so slightly chiselled toe.
Of course at £340 you would expect only the finest materials to be used but sadly these days a famous brand name can be an excuse for an economy in components. Not so with Trickers shoes, only the very finest leather are used. This means that they will go on looking and feeling fantastic long after inferior, possibly better known, shoes have been consigned to the dustbin.
A fine example of where Trickers go that extra mile is in the quality of the sole leather used in the Trickers 1829 collection. The leather for ‘oak bark’ sole leather is literally buried in a mixture of acorns and oak bar for a couple of years. It takes this long for the natural tanins in the vegetation to soak properly into the leather. The resultant sole leather, when dried properly, becomes as hard as nails and will subsequently wear for at least three times as long as regular premium sole leather. This is no mean feat when you consider that a half leather re-sole may set you back £500+.
Do visit bradshawandlloyd.com to view the very impressive range of Trickers shoes from their 1829 collection.