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If it’s good enough for the King of England… 19 places that put Northampton at the centre of shoe and boot making

If no lesser figure than King Charles III likes a rummage around in the shoe factories of Northampton then why should you deny yourself the pleasure of picking up some real quality for a real bargain.

He visited Trickers in 2019 to help them celebrate 20 years of their Royal Warrant and is just one of many famous men (Daniel Craig, David Beckham) who like to treat their feet to footwear made in Northamptonshire.

The Google Map above is a guide to some of the top shoe and boot related places in Northamptonshire, the button at the map’s top left hand corner operates a slide out index.

The list is not exhaustive and feel free to add your suggestions in the comments. There are one or two novel inclusions.

Springline in Moulton Park is the last maker of bespoke lasts (a kind of carved replica foot that shapes the shoe during construction) while JuJu is the home of the Jelly fun shoe often seen on beaches.

The leather centre at the University of Northampton is a specialist research facility that also tans leather for industry. Meanwhile the Museum of Leather in the Grosvenor Centre houses a fascinating collection of historic leather and hide-based items, showcasing how important the material has been in human development.

Northampton Museum is already famous for its shoe collection that has a permanent gallery in the recently redesigned building. It traces the history of shoe design and features shoes from a number of celebrities.

Once you have added your factory shop trips why not round the day off with a selfie at the Cobblers Last statue in Abington Street or even at Sixfields, the home of Northampton Town FC aka The Cobblers.

I'm the editor and owner of The NeneQuirer.

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