Let us introduce you to our first female bespoke apprentice

If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen Adele Williamson.

Adele has made history by becoming the first female apprentice at Tricker’s. Graduating De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester in 2016, Adele was named in the UK’s top 15 young designers in the Cordwainers’ National Footwear Student of the Year Awards. She was also shortlisted for the coveted Christopherson prize during DMU’s degree show.

Adele during DMU's Degree Show

Read about her show here – http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2016/august/class-of-2016-dmu-grad-becomes-first-female-apprentice-at-historic-footwear-factory.aspx

Working alongside Kevin and Tom in the bespoke team, Adele is working under the tutelage of master shoemaker Scott McKee.

In her words, “As a maker it’s a really authentic place to work and I really couldn’t be working anywhere better. It’s such a novelty working in a big factory with such a rich history. There are old lifts with metal shutters just like the ones in the Titanic film and 100-year-old work benches! With so much tradition and so many new skills to learn, I feel like I’ve started uni again.”

Adele in the Telegraph Magazine 18.3.17

Read the full article shown above which appeared earlier this year in the Telegraph Magazine.

Recently awarded a QEST position (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust), Adele received her apprenticeship certificate from Mr Nick Farrow, President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

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Adele featured on the back page of QEST magazine Spring 2017

If you would like to read more about our bespoke department based in our Northampton shoe factory, click the links below:

Who wouldn’t want a pair of bespoke shoes or boots

http://www.trickers.com/bespoke

Who wouldn’t want a pair of bespoke shoes or boots

If you have a great passion for footwear, chances are you aspire to have a bespoke pair of shoes or boots made to your unique foot shape and design specification. These will last a lifetime, are individual and made with care by skilled and dedicated craftspeople.

We are very proud that Tricker’s offers a full in-house bespoke service. A true labour of love, bespoke shoemaking requires dedication, skill, attention to detail and a great deal of patience.

Bespoke shoe making

Our team even make their own thread with which they hand sew all footwear. The thread consists of gathering nine lengths of twine and painstakingly coating them in our homemade wax.

Training from an apprentice to master shoe maker takes years, and as Scott our Master Bespoke maker says, you never stop learning.

Scott McKee Tricker's Master Bespoke Shoe Maker

Tricker’s has been making shoes since 1829 and continues to be one of the last remaining factories in Britain to provide a full in-house bespoke, made-to-measure service.

As you might expect, we are too discreet to mention anyone by name, but our bespoke customers include royalty, members of the aristocracy, politicians, captains of industry, soldiers, sailors and airman, plus explorers and leading figures in the arts. In fact Tricker’s bespoke shoes and boots have walked to all four corners of the Earth. In 1960, they even took Sir Edmund Hillary to the very top of the world.

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Dependent on your location, you can either visit the Jermyn Street shop in London or our Northampton shoe factory.

  • – We like to offer a personal service. Your order will be managed at all times by Scott McKee, who runs the Bespoke department.
  • – Hand drawn outlines and measurements are taken of your feet.
  • – A cast is taken to show the shape of your feet by standing in a special foot mould.
  • – The drawing, measurements and cast are sent to our Last maker in Northampton.
  • – Your unique wooden Last is produced, carved by hand.
  • – The Last and above information is sent to our Bespoke department.
  • – You will have two fittings.
  • – Footwear can take six months or longer from start to finish.

 

If you would like to find out more about our bespoke service, please email bespoke@trickers.com or call our shoe factory Head Office Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm BST on +44 (0)1604 630595.

If you prefer, you can telephone or email our Jermyn Street shop in London. The team will be delighted to help you.

Address: 67 Jermyn Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6NY

Email: jermynstreet@trickers.com

Tel: +44 (0) 207 930 6395 Fax: +44 (0) 207 930 3161

Please note, full bespoke shoes, including your unique last, can take in excess of six months to create, and Made to Order (MTO) using Tricker’s stock lasts can take twelve weeks or more to produce.

Read here about Adele, the first ever female bespoke shoe making apprentice at Tricker’s.

Olivvia Leather Styles for Women AW17

If you read our blog, you may have seen our previous post discussing a brand new finish called Olivvia leather.

Developed in partnership with German tannery Weinheimer, Olivvia leather uses an all-natural tanning procedure. In this process, an essence from olive leaves is used for tanning. The olive leaves provide a completely chrome-free tanning alternative and are a bi-product of the olive industry, diverted from being burnt as a waste product, thereby avoiding the environmental impact of that process. This chemical-free leather combines the natural smell of leather with the warm undertone of olives.

One of the newest leathers in the market place, Tricker’s is honoured to be the only shoemaker in the world using Olivvia leather. Not only that, we have also secured a two-year deal enabling us exclusive use of this innovative leather within the footwear market. Until now, Olivvia has been used for watch straps and other leather goods, furniture, wall coverings and interior art projects.

Over the last few years, we have wanted to expand our Women’s footwear range. Olivvia has allowed us to do just that, by adding this finish to our best-known styles.

Currently available in store at our London Jermyn Street shop and online, the Olivvia collection features:

Stephy – lace-up brogue boot

Women's Stephy lace up boot in black Olivvia leather

Silvia – elastic sided brogue boot

Women's Silvia pull-on boot in black Olivvia leather

Anne – brogue Derby shoe

Women's Anne brogue shoe in black Olivvia leather

Linda – plain Derby shoe

Women's Linda plain Derby shoe in black Olivvia leather

As England’s oldest shoemaker since 1829, Tricker’s is honoured to be at the forefront of such an exciting evolution of a new finish for the footwear industry.

Please note: all AW17 women’s Olivvia styles come with pairs of orange and black laces.

How to care for your Olivvia footwear:

  • Remove dirt or marks then polish with a clean cloth.
  • Once a fortnight use shoe cream to nourish the leather.
  • Once a fortnight use polish for weatherproofing. Use black for black leather and neutral for all other colours.
  • Keep your footwear in their shoe bags provided to prevent damage.
  • Use shoe trees to help maintain shape.

Follow us on Instagram for new product, offers and behind the scenes information.

Why not post photos of your beloved Tricker’s footwear using #mytreasuredtrickers for a chance to be featured on our page.

Olivvia Leather – what is it?

If you are an avid follower of Tricker’s Shoes on Instagram and Twitter, you will have read about and seen the styles we developed this year for SS17 and AW17 in a brand new finish called Olivvia leather.

Developed in partnership with German tannery Weinheimer, Olivvia leather uses an all-natural tanning procedure. In this process, an essence from olive leaves is used for tanning. The olive leaves provide a completely chrome-free tanning alternative and are a bi-product of the olive industry, diverted from being burnt as a waste product, thereby avoiding the environmental impact of that process. This chemical-free leather combines the natural smell of leather with the warm undertone of olives.

One of the newest leathers in the market place, Tricker’s is honoured to be the only shoemaker in the world using Olivvia leather. Not only that, we have also secured a two-year deal enabling us exclusive use of this innovative leather within the footwear market. Until now, Olivvia has been used for watch straps and other leather goods, furniture, wall coverings and interior art projects.

For AW17, we have used Olivvia leather to produce the brand new ‘Last 81’ collection, a revival of a bespoke last originally produced in 1950 for an Austrian General. Defined by its slender shape and pointed toe, ‘Last 81’ lends a refined modernity to classic Tricker’s styles.

Currently available in store at our London Jermyn Street shop and online, the collection features:

Fulton – Long Wing Full Brogue Derby

Fulton full brogue

Fenwick – Plain Derby Shoe

Fenwick Plain Derby Shoe Olivvia Leather

Chadwick – Golosh Brogue

Calvert – Toe Cap Golosh Boot

Toe Cap Golosh Boot Olivvia Leather

So far, production accounts for a growing percentage of Tricker’s sales with further work in progress to expand the Olivvia range with Weinheimer and jointly develop new products of suitable quality.

As England’s oldest shoemaker since 1829, Tricker’s is honoured to be at the forefront of such an exciting evolution of a new finish for the footwear industry.

How to care for your Olivvia footwear:

– Remove dirt or marks then polish with a clean cloth.

– Once a fortnight use shoe cream to nourish the leather.

– Once a fortnight use polish for weatherproofing. Use black polish for black leather and neutral for all other colours.

– Keep your footwear in their shoe bags provided to prevent damage.

– Use shoe trees to help maintain shape.

Follow us on Instagram for new product, offers and behind the scenes information.

Why not post photos of your beloved Tricker’s footwear using #mytreasuredtrickers for a chance to be featured on our page.

Trickers Selected for Great Trade Campaign

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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.

https://www.great.gov.uk/uk/

* https://www.drapersonline.com/news/trade-shows-boost-uk-fashion-exports/7018591.article

The NEW Flexi Welt Sole

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Traditionally, R.E. Tricker Ltd is known as the maker of country shoes and boots. In fact, Joseph Tricker’s son-in-law, Walter James Barltrop, designed and created the world’s first country boot in 1840 which heralded a brand new age for country footwear.

Today, the Bourton brogue and Stow boot remain the cornerstone of our business. In 2017, we still see ourselves as forerunners in the Northampton shoe industry, which is confirmed by the development and recent launch of our brand new ultra light flexi welt.

Produced with the same characteristics of a hard-wearing welted shoe, the flexi welt features the following:

      • • light weight leather sole and leather insole;
      • • cork filler;
      • • half lined;
      • • special light weight reverse Castorino calf suede.

 

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This deconstructed flexi shoe is thirty percent lighter than our standard country footwear. However, it remains as durable and solid as you would expect from shoes and boots produced by England’s oldest shoe maker.

Designed for footwear to be worn in warmer weather, the new flexi welt is now available on a range of new suede shoes and boots featured in our first-ever Spring/Summer collection for men.

How to care for your Castorino suede footwear:

  • – For Mud Stains: use a wire suede brush when the mud is dry.
  • – For other stains: Scotch Brite is very good at removing most stains, but excessive cleaning may cause permanent damage.
  • – Castorino suede has a very soft nap. Watch our videos to see how to brush and care for suede.
  • – Use the correct type of soft shoe brush.
  • – Keep your footwear in their shoe bags to prevent damage.
  • – Use shoe trees to help maintain shape.

 

Follow us on Instagram for new product, offers and behind the scenes information.

Why not post photos of your beloved Tricker’s footwear using #mytreasuredtrickers for a chance to be featured on our page.

Ethan: Tricker’s Monkey Boot

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Introducing Trickers Ethan Monkey Boot. Did you know the history of the humble Monkey Boot dates back to World War 2? Worn as standard issue by the Czechoslovakian army, their durability, practicality and the fact they were inexpensive made them the ideal boot for the foot soldier.

After disappearing for a couple of decades, the Mods gave them a new lease of life in the 60s and 70s. The Monkey Boot soon became part of their fashion stable along with the Harrington Jacket and Levis jeans. In the late 70s and 80s they were adopted by Skinheads, Punks and students.

We have been making our own version of the Tricker’s Monkey Boot for quite a few years. The most popular market until recently has been Japan where the desire for English apparel is very strong.

For our first-ever Spring/Summer 2017 collection, we have launched The Ethan Monkey Boot range for men. Made entirely in our Northampton shoe factory, the Ethan is available in five colours: Acorn Antique, Marron Antique, Black, White and Lollipop Red, and features a natural leather sole suitable for the warmer weather.

Now worn around the globe by trendsetters and influencers both young and old, this once humble boot has once again become centre stage in fashion.

How to care for your Ethan Monkey Boots:

  • – Remove dirt or marks then polish with a clean cloth.
  • – Once a fortnight use shoe cream to nourish the leather,
  • – Once a fortnight use polish for shine and weatherproofing. Use black polish for the Black Ethan and neutral for the Acorn, Marron, White and Lollipop Red.
  • – Keep your boots in their shoe bags to prevent damage.
  • – Use shoe trees to help maintain shape.

Follow us on Instagram for new product, offers and behind the scenes information.

Why not post photos of your beloved Tricker’s footwear using #mytreasuredtrickers for a chance to be featured on our page.