In Northampton, situated in the heart of England, a town renowned for its shoe industry - the history of which goes back for centuries. Sits the country’s oldest and one of the most influential manufacturers of British made shoes Tricker's.
In the coming posts we will delve into this great company and what makes Tricker's shoe's and Tricker's boots so sought after.
Each post will look into a different key area of the Tricker's company starting today with the history of Tricker's.
Throughout the 190 years of the company’s history Tricker’s has remained a family business and is today, five generations later, owned by the same family. Their uncompromising standards of craftsmanship and use of honest materials, are values that have been preserved and developed through these five generations and are observed as resolutely today as they were in 1829.
1829 - 8 years before the ascension of Queen Victoria, Joseph Tricker founded the company. Tricker saw the birth of a modern world, a time for great enlightenment, learning and social reforms. This was the world in which the first retail orders for Tricker's shoes were secured.
1840 - Demand of Northampton shoes became so strong that by the year 1840 there were 1,821 shoe makers in the town, Tricker's shoes were one of many.
1848 - Walter James Barltrop, son-in-law to Joseph Tricker, was only seven years old when he made his infamous boot. While simple in its execution, it pointed the way for the waterproof country shoes and boots that Tricker’s customers love today.
1904 - Tricker's (most recent) factory, located on St. Michael's Rd, Northampton, first opened its doors. The Goodyear Welted machine was introduced into Tricker’s at the turn of the 20th Century after Walter James Barltrop had returned from a buying trip to New York. He soon realised that it was different from all the others on the market, as you could now make a smart, well-made shoe with the help of a machine, and not only by hand which had long been the practice by Tricker's since 1829. The same factory is still the base for all manufacturing today, proudly 100% made in Northampton. While traditional manufacturing processes have changed over time, Tricker's commitment to making shoes and boots of outstanding quality has remained the same.
1925 - Tricker's opened their first London store at number 87 Jermyn street. Home to London’s finest shoe makers, men’s tailors & shirt makers.