Love shoes? Then you shouldn’t miss this unique opportunity to see where all the magic happens.Ever wondered how your shoes are made? Or are you interested in getting your hands on some of Britain’s newest footwear products on the market?
Then you should consider signing up for the free Northampton Productive Society (NPS) Shoes Factory Tour.
Not only are they the brawns behind the construction of Percy Stride footwear, but they are also home to a variety of other world-class shoe companies as well.
Who is NPS?Due to the large quantities of oak bark, leather from cattle markets and close proximity to water, Northamptonshire has a long history of shoemaking which dates back to the 13th century.
It’s central location also made it a perfect place to trade up and down the country as well.
Right up until the latter part of the nineteenth century, the people of Northamptonshire used to make shoes and boots in their homes.
However, things changed in 1881 when five men living in the village of Wollaston came together to form a company called the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS).
In 1899, NPS had grown to 80 employees and moved to a larger purpose-built factory. It’s there on South Street, where NPS still operates today.
Steeped in history, you’ll be treated to a once in a lifetime tour around the home of British shoemaking.
What does the NPS Shoes Factory Tour include?The 60-minute tour will take you on a journey through time, offering an insight into all areas of shoe production.
The experts at NPS will focus on your specific requests and answer any questions you may have. You’ll see how Percy Stride shoes are made step-by-step, from the cutting room and closing room to the making room and shoe room.
They’ll give you a real taste of how their shoemakers operate the machines and craft the footwear into a long-lasting, quality end product.
Once you’ve finished revelling in the fascinating manufacturing processes, your tour guide will take you into the NPS Shoes Factory Shop. There, you’ll be able to get your hands on a pair of high-street branded styles, as well as exclusive ranges from some exciting independent brands.
(Just make sure you look out for our shoes!)
To register or to find out more about NPS, simply click here.
You can read more about our recent trip to the factory with the Norton of Morton in our recent blog: ‘Q&A with Award-Winning Men’s Fashion Blogger’.