Norman Walsh Footwear – sports shoes, trainers and sports casual shoes –
Possibly the last British owned sports footwear brand still manufacturing in the UK. Walsh do fabulous made in Britain trainers and I highly recommend them. Prices are reasonable too. Northern Sole! They sell Walsh Casual directly from their walshcasual website and they have a stand at the fabulous London Sunday UpMarket, at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, selling Walsh Casual. I bought a pair of casual trainers there the other day (in December 2012). They are very comfortable. For Walsh Performance Footwear for fell running, orienteering and cross country see the links to retailers on their walshsports website. Walsh casual retailers are also listed on their website. Walsh Casual also have a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walsh-Casual/181015592031080?fref=ts and a twitter page – www.twitter.com/walshcasual.
If you want UK made trainers, sports shoes, pumps, sneakers or whatever you want to call them the choices is between New Balance who do a limited Made in UK range, Gola (Gola ceased UK production in 1981, but re-introduced a very limited made in England range in 2012; which are possibly made for them by Walsh) and Walsh whose sports shoes are all made in the UK. Companies like UK Gear and Reebok (J.W Foster and Sons became ‘Reebok’ in 1958) are keen to stress their so called Britishness, but in fact non of their trainers are made in the UK. Hi-Tec trainers used to have a factory in Northamptonshire, but that is now long gone and nowadays Hi-Tec trainers are all foreign made.