Leather Focus: Acorn Leather

Leather Focus: Acorn Leather

There is nothing more English than a traditional, hand-welted Tricker’s shoe. Acorn leather was adopted into the collection in the early eighties initially for the Trickers “Stow” as a style statement for urban living. It became highly desirable and because it was “functionally perfect” became an iconic colour in Japan. 

Very soon after it was requested by the fashion boutiques in Europe that wanted a less rugged leather like Tricker’s C shade that historically was more for the landowners and agricultural workers. 

Acorn Antique is now the classic colour synonymous with our shoes and boots - a rich tan unique to Tricker's. Our Acorn Antique colourway works as well today as it has over the decades - it matches as well with deep indigo denim as it does with Tweed Breeks (shooting trousers) and long socks.

The original Acorn leather was created for Tricker’s and made by a local tannery originally situated in Olney Buckinghamshire, England called W.E & J Pebody, they were both innovators and master tanners and lay claim to be one of the very first English tanners to specialise in aniline-dyed leather 

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The highest quality leather, aniline is the most natural, soft, and gracefully supple of all leather types. Aniline leather is generally the most expensive of all calf leather as only the very best rawhides can qualify for this type and brings out the full character of the Tricker’s Boots and Shoes giving a silky feel with our unique bright Acorn finish

The main idea to preserve the look is keeping your Acorn leather from drying up and help to preserve the shine. Generally, polishing shoes every two to three weeks should be enough if you are giving our footwear a moderate use


Tricker's Stow Boot in Acorn LeatherStow Boot in Acorn Leather

Olney possessed a successful tanning industry which was active for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Located next to the River Ouse, the tannery was established in the 18th century and provided leather to the local cordwainers and to the growing shoe industry in Northampton. The tanning works passed to Joseph Palmer in 1840 although after his death in 1870, the site closed and had become derelict. The works was eventually purchased by Messrs W.E. & J Pebody Ltd of Northampton in 1898; under their ownership, the business became one of the first to adopt a new tanning process – using salts of chromium rather than the traditional bark and leaves in the conversion from raw skin to leather. 


Tricker's Leather Belt in Acorn Leather

Leather Belt in Acorn

This proved to be popular with the military in the First World War as the process withstood the conditions in the trenches better than leather produced by other methods. As a consequence, the output of the tannery increased and in 1915 the tannery buildings were extended.

Despite its long and productive history, the tannery closed in 1999 and the site has now been redeveloped for housing.

Tricker’s have been making shoes since 1829. From those early beginnings, exacting standards in craftsmanship, unrivalled attention to detail and the use of only the highest quality materials have resulted in the unique reputation that Tricker’s enjoys today

To find out how to care for all of your Tricker's shoes, visit our brand new Care page.