The region is famous for its high-end, handmade shoes and for developing what is known as the Goodyear Welt; a process of stitching thin strips of leather to the sole, midsole, and upper of a shoe for added comfort and durability. Somewhat astonishingly, several of the original Northampton brands still exist today and continue to produce in the region. Here’s hoping they can shoulder any increased costs associated with the Brexit (some now import leathers from Italian tanneries, among other things) and will still be around for another few centuries from now.
Here’s a look at a few names to know. Should you be traveling to London soon, now might be a good time to get yourself a pair of dress shoes.
One of the oldest Northampton shoemakers still operating today, Tricker’s is known for its rugged country boots and brogues. The brand is a favorite of Prince Charles and was granted an official Royal Warrant in the 1980s; a designation which allows them to display the royal arms. Tricker’s Stow Suede Brogue Boots, $555.90, available at amazon.com