Shoemaking History

Take a trip through shoemaking history. Discover the origins and iconic footwear that has become world-renowned and famous not only in the UK but on every continent. 

Derby Shoe
With several theories regarding its origin, the Derby shoe can be identified by its “open” lacing system, meaning that its eyelet tabs are stitched on top of the shoe’s vamp.
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.
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.
Oxford Shoe
An Oxford shoe is defined by its “closed” lacing system, meaning that its eyelet tabs are stitched underneath the vamp (i.e., the top) of the shoe so that they aren’t visible. Oxfords are occasionally called Balmorals after Balmoral Castle. The shoes are named Oxfords after Oxford University.
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.
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.