Category Archives: Trainers

Miles Stronger – British Sports Shop – MilesStronger

 

Miles Stronger – British Sports Shop – MilesStronger.

Miles Stronger is one of my followers on twitter. I have not tried this company’s products myself but it all looks very impressive and apparently everything they sell is made in Britain which is impressive too. British made runners clothing, British made energy drinks and British made energy bars. A site selling British made running gear – I am very excited to find this.

http://www.milesstronger.co.uk

https://twitter.com/MilesStronger

 

Team up this gear with some British made sports shoes from Walsh Trainers or New Balance Trainers.

Norman Walsh Footwear (Walsh Trainers) of Bolton, England

Norman Walsh Footwear – sports shoes, trainers and sports casual shoes –

http://www.walshcasual.com or

http://www.walshsports.com or

http://www.normanwalshuk.com.

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.

Walsh Lostock Blue/Red/Dark Blue.  Made in Engalnd.

Walsh Lostock Blue/Red/Dark Blue. Made in Engalnd.
Walsh Lostock Orange/Yellow/Red trainers 25.11.12.  Made in England.

Walsh Lostock Orange/Yellow/Red trainers 25.11.12. Made in England.

Walsh V Ripple Brown.  Made in England.

Walsh V Ripple Brown. Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE RACER.  Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE RACER. Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE BOOT.  Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE BOOT. Made in England.

British Made Shoes and Boots: 100+ footwear brands still made in Britain – UK Made Shoes

The words "Made in England" on the sole of a Hotter VICTOR MEN'S GORE-TEX BOOT. Photograph by author.

The words “Made in England” on the sole of a Hotter VICTOR MEN’S GORE-TEX BOOT. Photograph by author.

British made footwear is still the best quality in the world. There are still plenty of British footwear makers. You can still buy British made shoes – why not do so and keep the industry alive. Here are well over 100 quality UK footwear brands still manufacturing in the UK (in no particular order):

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New Balance Trainers – Made in England Range

US company New Balance make SOME of their sports shoes in the UK.  According to their website “New Balance has proudly supported domestic manufacturing in the UK for over 22 years.  Look for the Made in UK label on some of our most popular running and classic styles.”  Good for them. In their FAQs on their website in answer to the question “Do you make shoes in the UK?” they say “Yes, New Balance has been committed to locally producing high-quality shoes in the UK since 1982. We are proud to support domestic manufacturing in the UK where we provide local employment for more than 200 associates. The manufacturing facility located in Flimby, a small town in the Lake District, makes over one million pairs of shoes per year.”

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.

http://www.newbalance.co.uk/classics/made-in-uk/80000,en_GB,sc.html

NEW BALANCE 577.  Style# M577GBL-NC.  Seaside Pack.  Made in England.

NEW BALANCE 577. Style# M577GBL-NC. Seaside Pack. Made in England.