If you own a pair of Tricker’s shoes or boots, you will hopefully agree the uncompromising standards of craftsmanship and the use of honest materials, are reasons why R.E. Tricker Limited continues to be England’s oldest shoemaker.
Founded in 1829 by Joseph Tricker, our reputation for outstanding quality and durability soon established Tricker’s as the maker of choice for heavy country boots and shoes for farm and estate owners and the landed gentry.
Five generations later, Tricker’s is still a family owned business. All our footwear is made entirely from start to finish at our Northampton shoe factory where 260 individual processes are used to make a pair of Tricker’s country boots that take eight weeks to manufacture.
Employing ninety skilled shoemakers, we train and develop skilled craftspeople who live and breathe shoemaking keeping this essential trade alive and kicking.
Tricker’s is also one of the few remaining English shoemakers who provides a full in-house bespoke and made to order service.
Granted a Royal Warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales in 1989, this honour sealed our reputation for English-made footwear.
Over that last thirty years, export has been essential to support our growth and offer us the chance to invest in our company. From advancing our workforce to developing new footwear designs, international success has given us these opportunities.
Today, Tricker’s is now a globally recognised brand with Japan equating to thirty per cent of our export business. In fact, you can now buy Tricker’s in over 43 countries around the world.
This year, we developed a deconstructed, light weight, unlined range of shoes and boots designed to be worn in warmer weather. With the help of export, this collection has been incredibly popular in our third largest market, Italy. Without the ability to export, we would be less able to expand our designs.
The Government has set British industry a stretching export target of £1 trillion by 2020. So it is heartening to hear that UK fashion exports jumped 7% year on year to £9.1bn in 2016*.
Our belief in the importance of export is why Tricker’s is honoured to be part of the UK Government’s Department for International Trade GREAT Britain campaign – promoting British culture abroad and flying the flag for the Northampton shoe industry.