People & Heritage

Read about the rich heritage of Tricker's and the Northampton shoe industry.

Charles Goodyear Jr. is widely credited with writing a new chapter in the history of men's shoes as he patented the Goodyear welted machine, which was introduced into Tricker’s at the turn of the 20th Century. 
English Shoe Measuring System
Do you know the English system for measuring foot length goes back longer than you would imagine? It was introduced in 1324 at the behest of King Edward II.
Ernest Baltrop
The son of Walter Barltrop, born in 1869, Ernest was incredibly involved in the evolving design of our footwear. He devoted his life to making the name “Tricker’s” stand for the highest quality shoes and boots.
Great Britain Campaign
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.
jermyn street & store
During World War II, Jermyn street was damaged by a Luftwaffe parachute mine, and several of the buildings around the Tricker’s Jermyn Street store suffered severe damage, with some being destroyed. Our store thankfully survived the explosion. 
Portrait of Joseph Tricker
Tricker's was founded by Joseph Tricker, who aged nineteen was already a master shoemaker and set up his handmade shoe company.
Trickers Master Shoe Maker
Tricker’s has its first female bespoke master shoemaker after 193 years. Adele Williamson is following in the footsteps of generations of supremely skilled and dedicated crafts people.
Birds eye view of the Tricker's Factory showing Northampton in the background
Northampton is situated in the heart of England and is a town renowned for its shoemaking industry - the history of which goes back hundreds of years. Historical demand for Northampton shoes became so strong that by the year 1840 there were 1,821 shoemakers in the town, that’s around a third of all adult males in the town at the time. 
Prince Charles
Tricker’s has held a Royal Warrant with HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles for over 30 years, since 1989.
Sir Edmund Hillary
In 1960 Sir Edmund Hillary made a special commission from Tricker’s for boots to be made for himself and his Himalayan expedition team, for his forthcoming Himalayan geographical ascent of Ama Dablam, a 6,812m mountain.
Michael James at Springline
Spring Line make all of Tricker's shoe lasts. Based in Northampton, they are England’s only surviving shoe last maker.
Tricker's Factory Northampton
The current Tricker's factory is located at 56-60 St. Michael's Rd, Northampton and first opened its doors in 1904. The same factory is still the base for all manufacturing today, proudly 100% made in Northampton.
Walter James Baltrop
Born in 1840, Walter was very much ahead of his time and age. At just seven years old, he created a modern boot.