Sanders Shoes are synonymous with the military. In this post we will look at when this connection began and a brief look at the current dress regulations for shoes in the British Army.
The First World War profited the shoe trade tremendously. Demand in shoes and boots for foot soldiers was at its peak, and as Charles Goodyear had provided the shoemaking industry with ‘Goodyear Welting’ machines, the process was sped up remarkably. With this new advanced machinery the Sanders factory factory was manufacturing around 6000 pairs of army boots per week.
Two world wars caused a great demand for army boots for British and allied troops, which, John White in his memoirs recalls the urgent need for shoe workers:
“I went to the barracks to enlist, they said ‘You’re engaged in the shoe trade, you’ll have to go back till we call you.’ They wanted shoes more than they did men!”
Once the wars came to an end, the demand in shoes and boots was still high. 5000-6000 pairs were still being produced each week and being delivered all over the country.
Because Sanders & Sanders Ltd. is one of the few manufacturers in its field to be awarded the coveted ISO 9001 Quality Assurance accreditation, Sanders Uniform range is famous amongst police, military and security forces worldwide, and still maintains the same level of quality as they have done for the past century.
In 2017 under the Freedom Of Information Act (2000) ‘A full copy of all parts of the current Army Dress Regulations.’ was released below we look at the footwear worn for various dress.
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