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.

Adele and Nick Farrow QEST logo

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


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.

Bespoke shoe making tools

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.