HISTORY

Over 130 years of experience

From small beginnings to the present day, NPS Shoes has lived a product defining history! We’re proud of our heritage and how over a century of experience in factory surroundings has shaped our outlook, processes and work ethic to make us a great example of British craftsmanship.

The county of Northamptonshire, England has a long history of shoe making dating back to the 13th century. Originally this was due to its plentiful supply of oak bark and its proximity to water, abundant supply of material (e.g. leather from local cattle markets), and its central location in the country for trading links.

Until the latter part of the nineteenth century, shoes and boots were normally made in homes by individual shoemakers who were paid only for the work they had ready when the collector came with his barrow to the door. Remuneration was poor and there was little security of employment.

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