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New Balance launch exclusive trainers made in England for Schuh

Make it British always likes to feature New Balance, because as far as we are aware they are the only branded trainers made in England. (We will probably get loads of comments now refuting this fact, and we’re more than happy to be proved wrong!)

New Balance trainers: made in England

New Balance for Schuh Limited Edition trainers

Just landed in my inbox are photos of these great limited edition numbers in collaboration with Schuh to celebrate the footwear stores 30th birthday.

They have updated the iconic NB 577 in great retro colours, and all of them will be produced in the New Balance factory in Flimby. Not sure about the ‘plasticky’ looking tag hanging off, which I’m sure is not manufactured here, but we’ll let them get away with that because the rest of these funky items of footwear are made in England.
Available from Schuh from mid November and available in a limited run of 480 pairs.

New Balance trainers: made in England

New Balance trainers: made in England

New Balance trainers: made in England

New Balance trainers: made in England

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4 Comments

  1. Karl on November 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Walsh make fell-running trainers in Bolton. Nota large operation, but I believe more of their components are locally sourced.

  2. Chris on November 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    +1 for Walsh, handmade in Bolton even have a factory shop

  3. Andy on March 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    the NEW BALANCE shoe nb577 upper is cut sewn and embroidered at their flimby factory and assembled on to soles manufactured in china or vietnam at their flimby factory, Your article on these shoes, which are available from schue, states “Not sure about the ‘plasticky’ looking tag hanging off, which I’m sure is not manufactured here, but we’ll let them get away with that because the rest of these funky items of footwear are made in England” is not true.
    NEW BALANCE make about 200,000 pairs of uppers from leather, pig skin etc. at their flimby factory which are then assembled on to soles and inserts made in china or vietnam at their flimby factory, these shoes are assembled in flimby but clearly not all all the parts are made in the UK.
    They also buy 1,200,000 pairs of soles, uppers and inserts from china or vietnam on which they only pay 3% tax, they assemble these into 1,200,000 pairs of finished shoes at their flimby factory; if they purchased these as finished shoes they would pay 17% tax, allowing for the N.I. and Tax paid by the people at the flimby factory this saves them about £1.8 million in tax. It takes half as many people to assemble the 1,200,000 shoes whose parts all come from china/vietnam as it takes to make 200,000 pairs of uppers and attach these to doles made in china/vietnam.

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