Left of Cambridge and right of Coventry, south of Leicester and north of Oxford: there it is. The unassuming centre of British footwear and arguably the world's number one destination for men's shoe manufacture, Northampton.
To some it's just a junction on the M1, but ask the devoted Tokyo businessman; quiz the Milanese style guru and listen in as the Minneapolis menswear experts discuss it and you'll find the Midlands medieval town is revered around the world for its skilled craftspeople and precision minted shoes.
Northampton became associated with shoemaking as early as the thirteenth century with references to Peter the Cordwainer. By the fifteenth century the town was established as a centre of shoemaking excellence. Northampton workshops are still a guarantee of top quality shoe construction with brands like Trickers and Sanders & Sanders based there.
Now, if you have been buying footwear here for a while (and may we congratulate you on your good taste if so) then you will know all about Trickers. Sanders, on the other hand, may sound new to you. Because,
while Sander's shoemakers have been doing their very expert thing for quite some time, this summer marks the brand's very welcome arrival at my-wardrobe. Established in 1873 with the simple mission to create the top quality shoes needed by the most discerning customers, the company has stuck to its goal with impressively unwavering devotion.
Check it out. Expect classic brogues, find pared down chukkas and classic suede bucks in an array of wearable but very graphic colours. Consciously offering a point of difference to our other footwear classics, the Sanders offer here adds a new dimension in the soft and style-hungry crepe soles.
These are the classic gum soles - softer than the wooden versions and perfect for added comfort, a softened foot strike and an easier summer-ready look. Pair them with your chinos for smart, yet lightweight styles.
Because when the sun starts to shine you will be hard pressed to find a better accompaniment, and with a range of colours available you can mix and match with your casual and tailored trousers. Then enjoy the admiring glances you get from all those global travellers, all jealous of your Northamptonshire born Sanders shoes.
Light Tan Leather Jude Gibson Brogues
Navy Suede Crepe Archie Gibson Shoes
Snuff Brown Suede Crepe Olly Gibson Brogues
Dirty Buck Suede Crepe Archie Gibson Shoes
Green Suede Crepe Olly Gibson Brogues
Snuff Brown Suede High-top Chukka Boots