Company History

The Woodford family have been hand making quality shoes and boots since 1908. Established by Earnest Woodford in London, the business later moved to the home of footwear: Northampton, England. Five generations on, the Woodfords are still producing quality handmade footwear by utilising premium materials, knowledge and skills passed down from generation to generation.

As a proud Northampton company, we understand the rich and important shoemaking heritage of our town. This passion for tradition and excellence has been funnelled into our flagship brand 'Crown Northampton'. Collections feature traditional British footwear design alongside forward-thinking processes which ensures our sneakers, shoes and boots are all handmade. 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.

Crown Northampton is one of only a privileged few given permission to use the town's crest on our products, with a motto that dates back to 1617 ad and translates to "Peace is stronger than a fortress". This positive message confirms our commitment and promise to make every boot, shoe and sneaker in our Northampton factory by highly skilled cobblers; many of whom are following in the footsteps of their ancestors in the local footwear industry.

Over the years our reputation has grown and we have become world-renowned for quality, 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. Utilising knowledge and skills passed down from generation to generation, all collections showcase traditional English handmade craftsmanship.

With timeless, enduring style at the forefront, it’s our firm belief that the best things from our past should help us step into the future.