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Then and Now: Tricker’s Talks Family Tradition

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Tricker’s has been in the shoe-making business for 187 years, impressive by any standard, and even more so when you realize it’s still family-owned after all these years. The Barltrop family has been making fine, hand-crafted shoes and boots in Northampton, England since founder Joseph Barltrop started the business in 1829.

Known for its brogue boots and shoes, Tricker’s still makes all of their boots at home in England, despite the fact that 70 percent of their shoes are sold abroad. The brand still has a respected pedigree at home though, and Charles the Price of Wales has been an avid fan since 1983. Tricker’s was even granted a royal warrant in 1996.

“Tricker’s continues to maintain a full made-to-measure service alongside it’s made-to-order and ready-made business,” said Richard Gammidge of Tricker’s UK sales and new business development.

As the company nears its 200th birthday, nothing much has changed. The boots are still hand-made utilizing over 250 different operations in the construction of a single pair, including clicking, closing, making, and finishing. For 2016, the company is re-introducing its famous Bourton style.

“We are pushing back to our heritage of country shoes and boots, most customers know these by name as the Bourton shoe and the Stow boot, we have introduced a Stow revival collection, this is a limited edition range of Stow in fashionable upper colors and colored soles,” said Gammidge.

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