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):
There is an excellent article on UK made shoes on the Make it British website. The first 10 British shoe manufacturers covered below are those in that article.
- Horace Batten – Riding boots – http://www.horacebatten.com
- Grenson – Not all Grenson shoes are made in the UK so do check before buying. I have three pairs of made in England Grenson shoes and they are comfortable and well made – http://www.grenson.com/uk/
- Loake – My Loake shoes are made in England and they are very well made. However most Loake shoes and boots are not made in the UK anymore and some are just finished in the UK, so do check before buying – http://www.loake.co.uk
- Barkers – It is suggested in the comments that Barker shoes are made abroad and finished in the UK or mainly made abroad, although their website implies they are fully made in the UK – http://www.barker-shoes.co.uk
- Joseph Cheaney & Sons – traditional English shoes for men and women – http://www.cheaney.co.uk
- Celtic Sheepskin – Celtic and Co – Have their own factory in Cornwall but not all their products are made in the UK, so do check before buying – The little flags on their site possibly denote country of origin but I am not sure that is the case – Manufacturers of the original UK UGG boots (now called Celt Boots) – https://www.celticandco.com
- New Balance – Look for the Made in UK label – not all NB trainers are made in the UK – US company New Balance have been making some of their sports shoes in the UK since 1982. 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.” The New Balance made in the UK range varies over time – http://www.newbalance.co.uk
- Daisy Roots – baby shoes – http://www.daisy-roots.com
- Carre Ducker – men’s bespoke shoes – http://www.carreducker.com
- Star Child Shoes – they make adult slippers as well as baby shoes and children’s shoes. They also own Triggerfish (see lower down this article) – http://www.star-child.co.uk
Do you know of any other footwear being manufactured in the British isles?
These are the other shoe brands that manufacture in the British Isles that I know of (again in no particular order):