The Woodford family have been hand making quality boots and shoes since 1908. Established by Earnest Woodford in London, the business later moved to the home of footwear: Northampton, England. Five generations on and the company is still producing quality handmade footwear, using fine materials and utilising knowledge and skills passed down from generation to generation.
Our company is one of a privileged few that are allowed to use the town's crest on our products which translates to "Peace is stronger than a fortress" 1617 ad. This confirms our commitment and promise to make every boot and shoe in our Northampton factory by highly skilled cobblers, many of whom are following in the footsteps of their ancestors by continuing to work in the local shoe industry.
Over the years our reputation has grown and we have become world-renowned for comfort and craftsmanship. This has led to a large proportion of our production now being exported worldwide. Using only the finest materials sourced from local leather merchants, we design, develop, and hand-make our shoes to the high standards set by both the town’s forefathers and the Woodford family.
As a proud Northampton company, we understand the rich and important shoemaking heritage of our town. We have funnelled this passion for tradition and excellence into our flagship brand 'Crown Northampton'. The collections feature traditional British footwear designs along with shoes and boots handmade with timeless and enduring style in mind. Each one of our styles is named after a street name with close links to a Northampton factory, evoking the rich history and heritage behind each design. It’s our belief that the best things from our past should help us step into the future.