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Stories / January 2019

Tricker's: England's Oldest Shoemaker

Known for welted country shoes, Tricker’s is a family-owned shoemaker founded in 1829. With a wide range of clientele, from the genteel estate owner to the edgy creative, it’s become appreciated by all for its quintessentially British quality.  

Since 1829, Northampton-based Tricker’s has consistently been making welted country shoes to an impeccable standard. Founded by a cobbler named Joseph Barltrop, the business is still owned by the same family and is now widely regarded as being an exemplary British heritage brand, and with a Royal Warrant to boot. With winter in full swing, there’s no better time to combat unruly weather with sturdy footwear, and there’s simply no one better for that than Tricker’s which celebrates its 190th anniversary this year.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Tricker’s established itself as a major player in what was then a saturated industry. Like most shoemakers of those times - almost 200 in Northamptonshire alone - it contributed to the war effort, making boots for officers and troops alike. For a brand with such history, in addition to its loyal clientele, Tricker's has developed an almost cult-like following. “I'll admit we have a bizarre mix of customer,” Martin Mason, Managing Director of Tricker’s, tells The Rake with a smile. “You’re just as likely to get a burly farmer from Yorkshire; or someone from White's Club dressed-up and getting his brogues for his country pad in the afternoon; or a 22-year-old Japanese DJ coming into the store.” Indeed, that is a bizarre mix of customer and one that raises the question of ‘how exactly?’ The answer lies in the common denominator between all three: an appreciation of quality.

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