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

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.

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.

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.