We all know that sneakers from internationally renowned sports brands are high in currency in these street wear-times. However, there are a few good reasons to exchange your Nike Air Force with a pair of trainers from the New Balance UK-collection or, even better from an all-British shoe brand. First and foremost, there’s a certain charm to knowing that your footwear was made under sustainable conditions – both in relation to the work environment, the actual environment and the British economy. Moreover, your shoes didn’t travel across the globe leaving a huge CO2-footprint – and, most importantly, they’re made supporting British craftsmanship.
What shoes are made in the UK?
Derby and Oxford shoes
Most people immediately associate the phrase ‘shoes made in the UK’ with Oxford shoes and Derby shoes. In other words: shoes for the gentleman-like businessman. And of course, there’s a vast number of shoe brands excelling in producing shoes within those two categories. Church’s, Crockett & Jones, Edward Green and Ticker’s just to name a few. When it comes to business shoes, you have tons of options so it’s all really about your preferences, price range and wishes for your shoes.
Even though the market leading international brands moved their production sites to Asian countries decades ago, there are still a good deal of local brands, who insist on keeping the production local. Brands such as Billy Tannery and Crown Northampton produce leather sneakers in uncompromising quality.
We all know that Dr. Martens is the crown jewel in this category. Ever since the beginning in 1960’s Cobbs Lane the shoe brand has been renowned for its quality boots. Today, Dr. Martens doesn’t have its full production in England. However, it has maintained a ‘Made in England’-line with the boot produced here in the UK. If you’re looking for a pair of classy boots or feminine in style, we can recommend John Lobb or Tricker’s that excel in making boots for women. As an alternative to the classic Dr. Martens, you could go with a pair of boots from NPS Solovair, which is similar in style.
Sandals and heels
If you’re looking to treat yourself with a pair of handmade heels produced in the UK, then Deeasjer is your brand. They’re expensive, sure, however the quality is impeccable and it’s the ultimate way to support British craftsmanship. If you’re on the lookout for a pair of fine, yet more casual sandals, Gina has a vast selection for you – and of course you can always visit The Joseph Azagury and find a shoe design to your taste.
No matter what kind of shoe you’re on the lookout for, there’s certainly an all-British version of it. You can find shoes made in the UK in stores or online at various shoes- and clothing sites.