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  1. Made to order boots from Gaziano&Girling


    October 18, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    After four months of waiting, a parcel arrived from Kettering, bearing fine boons from the house of Gaziano&Girling. These made …
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  2. Factory visit to Solovair


    May 14, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Nota bene: high volume video.

  3. Shoe Historian June Swann


    November 5, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    In 1987, June Swann retired from her post as keeper of the shoe and boot collection at the Central Museum and …
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  4. Tricker’s Shoes from Bradshaw&Lloyd


    October 27, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Tricker’s makes some fine country shoes. They also offer a smaller selection of smart pairs for the office as well …
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  5. Shoegazing Visits Gaziano&Girling


    October 24, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Shoegazing, a fine Swedish blog on the finer topic of the finest footwear, visited the house of G&G on their …
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  6. Factory Tour at Grenson


    August 28, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    Once again I’m forwarding the reader to Spitalfieldslife, whose Gentle Author visited Grenson’s in 2011. While the accompanying text does …
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  7. A Brief History of British Shoe Making


    July 15, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    First published by John Lobb (Paris) in four parts, with consulting from Rebecca Shawcross from the Northampton Shoe Museum. Northamptonshire …
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  8. At the Sanders Factory


    July 9, 2013 by Ville Raivio

  9. Anatomy and Review of Crockett&Jones Shoes


    June 30, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    England is home to many shoemakers in general and the shire of Northampton to several factories in particular. Crockett&Jones, founded …
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  10. Factory Tour at Crockett&Jones


    June 7, 2013 by Ville Raivio

    The C&J factory has joined Youtube, but haughtily denied embedding. Videos available through the link.  

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