This exclusive edition is made with English ‘cruiser upper’ leather from Pittards and an oak bark tanned leather sole made in rural Devon by Bakers. A combination of English heritage, innovation and craftsmanship from top to toe.
The Tramping boot is a part of Tricker’s Heritage; made traditionally for pursuits in the British countryside. For our 190th year we have brought back this part of our heritage on a new last. Each boot is made by hand in our Northampton factory by skilled craftspeople who carefully construct each pair over 260 individual stages.
This boot is hand lasted to ensure the leather is pulled down to the true shape of the last which is retained for the boot’s whole, long life span. The Tramping boot is essentially a boot within a boot, made with double vamp and counters, whole cut, perfectly smooth with a seamless inside. The upper is stitched in 80’s thread and a 12’s needle for a more refined finish.
The last which our Tramping Boot is made upon was developed by Spring Line; the only last maker left in England. Spring Line, who are also based in Northampton, craft lasts using traditional methods - hours are spent carving the original lasts. They are renowned throughout the world as the finest last makers.
This last is numbered 190 and has been developed with Spring Line using years of experience and shoemaking knowledge. It is inspired and developed from an original knuckle toe last that dates back to 1926.
The tramping boot is cut from the finest English ‘cruiser upper’ leather sourced from Pittards; one of the last tanners in England and originally a part of the Northampton shoe trade. Now based in Yeovil, Pittards started life in 1826 when Charles Pittard began operating as a local leather dresser. Today, they too are driven by a history of innovation and expertise.
This leather was selected for its combination of comfort, durability and finish - the exact ingredients required for the boot’s purpose.
English Oak Bark tanned leather soles made by J&FJ Baker are used on the 190 Tramping Boot. J&FJ Baker is Britain’s only remaining traditional oak bark tannery. The Baker family bought the tannery over 150 years ago in 1862, although the Devonshire site of J&FJ Baker has been a tannery since the Roman times. It remains a family business to this day.
Oak bark tannage is a long, gentle process that protects the natural fibres of the hide unlike modern tanning methods. The best hides, natural products, 14 months and a sustainable process produce each sole of uniquely crafted, luxury and durable leather.
Our Special Edition ‘190’ Valet Box set is a true collector’s item, limited to just 10 pieces worldwide.
Handmade using English Oak by a traditional cabinet maker in Norfolk, and identical to valet boxes we used over a hundred years ago. Each box has traditional dovetail joints, is unfinished and unique, therefore the wood will colour and age with time and use. Much like our shoes, it is beautifully robust and built to stand the test of time.SOLD OUT!