Bradshaw & Lloyd and Trickers:
At Bradshaw & Lloyd we have been supplying our customers with Trickers shoes since 1990. And for many years we offered a full made to measure service for Trickers shoes. Consequently we know a fair bit about them and can provide some useful advice to our customers.
One aspect of shoe making which does confuse everyone is the last around which all shoes and boots are made. Different last shapes not only determine the look of the end product but they also effect the fit. Fortunately the sizing of English shoes which come out of the Northamptonshire factories are pretty consistent but the last does make subtle differences to the fit.
Trickers offer six different last shapes for their off the peg men’s instock styles. The four lasts used for Town Trickers shoes are true to a regular UK size and do suit a standard foot. However the two lasts used for their range of Country shoes and boots is different and they are very generous. Last 4497S is a particularly generous fit and come up a quarter of a size larger than a standard UK size in our experience. Last 4444 is even more generous and come up a whole half size bigger than is standard. Therefore on this last if for example you would take a size 9 then select a size 8.5.
There is a good range of styles available from Trickers shoes. The Town collection offers some great classic styles and regardless of the last shape are all fairly elegant. The Country collection on the other hand have a very generous toe box and are designed for that good solid country look at the expense of streamlining.
When it comes to quality all Trickers shoes are second to none and are built to last. But as with all quality footwear do ensure that they go to a competent shoe repairer when that re-sole becomes due. Looked after Trickers shoes can last decades but repaired badly and they will lose their integrity.