The making of Walsh shoes
Walsh are the only 100% British-made and owned sports shoe company – and their trainers are super comfy too!
I first came across Walsh shoes last year when they were a little known brand selling their wares on Brick Lane market in London’s East End, but I never got round to purchasing a pair for some reason.
However, when I visited the Northampton Footwear Museum back in April, there was an exhibition about the history of Walsh (they were established back in 1961) and some of their shoes were on display. It reminded me how much I loved their classic retro looks, so I am pleased to say that I am now the proud owner of this fabulous pair of orange Lostocks…and I am not disappointed with them!
Not only are they made in my favourite colour of orange, but they are probably the most comfortable pair of trainers that I’ve ever owned (although I have only been wearing them for a couple of days). What’s more, they are 100% made in Britain. Even their soles are sourced from a British supplier.
Did you know that there are only 5 employees at Walsh making every single pair of Walsh casual shoes? Which means that I know that mine have been made by their workers named Peter, Lynda, Jon, Harry and Michele.
I’ve also found this great video of Walsh Lostocks being made in their factory in Bolton, by said Walsh employees. Well worth a watch. Although you may want to switch the sound off as the track becomes a bit much after a while – would personally have preferred to have heard them humming of the machines, but there you go.
You can buy Walsh Casual shoes from www.NormanWalshuk.com
Look out for a competition that we will be running shortly to win a pair of Walsh Cobras
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