If you are looking for a new pair of shoes made in the U.K, we are here to help with 3 British shoe brand options for you.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the U.K, and in particular Northampton, was the global centre of the shoe making trade. There has been a reduction in the number of shoes produced in Britain over the years but thankfully we are beginning to see a bit of a revival.

We list 3 quality British shoe brands for you to consider buying. From kids shoes, women's & men's and comfortable leisure shoes to more formal occasion wear - each of these brands should provide something for all of you.

1. Dr Martens

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An instantly recognisable shoe, the first pair of Dr. Martens boots were crafted from a factory in Cobbs Lane, Wollaston, England in April 1960. The brand has grown to become a global icon but they still have a Made in England collection which is crafted using original techniques.

Popular with young and old, Dr. Martens is a British footwear brand that has stood the test of time. There is something satisfying about the design and the trademark yellow stitching in the outsole.

Manufactured in Northamptonshire, England, by experienced shoe cobblers, the Made in England range features classics such as the 1461 shoe and 1460 boot.

NB: Not all Dr. Martens are made in the U.K. Be sure to ask a shop assistant for the shoe origin or get live help from their website.


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2. New Balance

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New Balance is a global sportswear and footwear brand founded in Boston in 1906 but with a manufacturing presence in the United Kingdom as well as the United States.

New Balance chose Flimby in Cumbria as the location to open their British factory in 1982. Since its induction, it has utilised a rich heritage of shoemaking in the area benefiting from the skills of experienced footwear specialists, some of whom have been building shoes for over 40 years.

New Balance is a sports brand that is dedicated to helping athletes fulfil their potential. This filters into everything they do when it comes to manufacturing the best footwear and equipment. Whether you are a professional athlete looking to shave off a millisecond from your personal best or a new runner looking to get outside and get started, New Balance caters for everyone.

NB: not all New Balance shoes are made in the U.K. Check their website and individual shoes for details.


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3. Church's

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The Church family tree can be traced back as early as 1617 when Anthony Church, the company founder’s great grandfather, was born in Northampton. The skills and mantle of Master Cordwainer were passed down from generation to generation, all the way to Stone’s great-grandson, Thomas, who would establish the world-renowned eponymous brand nearly two centuries later.

The business is now thriving and produces the world’s best formal shoes. It has 50 stores across central and northern Europe, America, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Japan.

70% of Church’s shoes are exported from the U.K. to the wider world.

We would endorse a pair of Church’s as an investment to last over 10 years. You can make use of their repair service to ensure your pair last even longer.


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