Northampton, together with the county of Northamptonshire, is world famous for its boot and shoe industry.

And although shoe manufacturing is not what it used to be, the area still boasts many fine quality boot and shoe manufacturers all offering something a little different.

A walk down Jermyn Street in fashionable west London will take you past a host of quality boot and shoe shops, selling boots and shoes all crafted to an exceptionally high standard in Northampton and county factories.

Factories such as Church’s, Crockett and Jones, Edward Green, Jeffery West and John Lobb are still thriving in Northampton.

And there are a number of factory shoe shops dotted around the town all offering quality ‘seconds’ at bargain prices!

Knitting together the factories, the factory shoe shops and the town’s shoe heritage – and some fantastic old shoe factory buildings, some of which have had fantastic building conversions – is Northampton’s boot and shoe trail.

The trail also links in Northampton’s Shoe Museum in Guildhall Road, currently undergoing expansion, which boasts the biggest collection of shoes in the world.

And it will also link in a fantastic new museum of leathercraft which will soon be opening in the Grosvenor Centre, with fantastic views of Northampton’s historic Market Square.

Celebrities, aristocrats and world business leaders do their walking in shoes made in Northampton.

In royal circles, the Prince of Wales makes a bee line for his favoured Crockett and Jones shoes.

And in the West End and Broadway musical Kinky Boots – based on a true Northamptonshire shoemaking story – the town’s traditional industry quite literally takes centre stage.