MADE IN BRITAIN – A BFA INITIATIVE
The UK footwear manufacturing sector has been talked down for many years but lately, things have started to change. This will not get us back to the 1960′s when the industry had 100,00 people making 200m pairs. Now there are 4,500 people making 5m pairs. However, these bald statistics hide another story. All producers are currently working flat out to satisfy the increasing demand for British made goods and the Northamptonshire factories continue to set the benchmark for high grade men’s welted products.
Church’s, Crockett & Jones, Barkers, John Lobb, Sanders & Sanders, Cheaneys and Trickers amongst others are making solid progress and Loakes have recently won the coveted Mens Footwear Prize at the Drapers Footwear Awards. For further UK manufactured brands look out for the ‘Made In Britian’ logo in our members directory.
It is also interesting to note that the two biggest manufacturers of shoes in the UK are directly competing with so called low cost countries and succeeding. Both Hotter, which accounts for nearly one in three of all shoes made in the UK and New Balance are reaping the rewards from making considerable investment in equipment and staff.
In addition it is heartening to see that in the last 2 years there have been at least 3 small making units starting up.
The situation with ladies shoes is less encouraging. Gina and the Florida Group have invested substantially to increase production in their UK factories, but predominantly for their own brands.
Over and above that, the BFA know a number of small manufacturers able to make quality product in short runs and on a contract basis.
In the section below we have listed those companies who are keen to work with other brands and we have noted their main areas of specialisation.
DISCLAIMER: The British Footwear Association Limited is not liable when we provide information regarding third parties, it is provided for information purposes only as part of the Made In Britain initiative. We have no relationship with the third party, no control over them whatsoever and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from use of them.