Last time out, I was in the process of trawling through the sales for some long-term sartorial appointees. It won’t come as much of a shock to anyone who knows me, that I managed to find a couple of pretty cool items. Today I am going to write a bit about the first of these acquisitions.
I had targeted a pair of really good boots. I have several pairs already, but was on the look for a special pair. I could potentially wear boots all year round, bar my summer holidays and the odd sunny day that Ireland and Scotland throw at me. So, they would not be gathering dust.
I love the feel and security of a boot on the ankle. Plus, they are exceptionally stylish and have a bit of attitude and presence about them. I do think a fine pair of boots can project the essence of masculinity. In short, what a pair of stilettos may do for a female fashionista, boots do for me.
There have been a few manufacturers on my style radar for a while. The foremost of them has been Tricker’s Shoes who are based in Northampton and are purveyors of some seriously impressive looking footwear. I had an undeniable craving for a pair.
Several things about Tricker’s float my boat. The first of these is the manufacturing process. The shoes are made in Northampton, England, which has been a bastion of shoe-making for hundreds of years. You will find quite a few familiar names such as Grenson, Loake and Church’s there, so the town has serious footwear pedigree. The shoes and boots are made there in their entirety (no outsourcing) and the overall process takes 260 different steps to produce a pair by hand. Yes, by hand! Yes, 260 processes! Serious shoe-making credentials then.
History & Build
There is a lot to be said for specialising in a particular field. If you have shirts, denim, coats, shoes and sunglasses in your range as a brand, it’s a heck of a tall order to excel in the making of them all. Tricker’s are experts in shoe making alone. They have been at it since 1829. Shoe-making runs in their blood.
The style of the offerings from Tricker’s Shoes had caught my eye a few years ago. You can have all the tradition you like, but the shoes and boots have to look good. I don’t consider it a shortcoming of mine (although some might) that I enjoy people saying such things as “Hey, cool boots.” After admiring the aesthetics, I dug a bit deeper as my interest was piqued. The sturdiness, the welted sole (often indicates high quality and means resoling is easy, see link below) and the practicality came next. I want boots that last. I want boots that can be resoled when I wear them out. All of these are important considerations for me now. I am buying for today, tomorrow and for the rest of my life.
I also would like to wear them quite a bit. So, they have to contend with wind, rain, cold, slippy paths, treacherous manhole covers etc. British and Irish weather has this knack of challenging your footwear with a kind of creeping damp, so the boots will always be challenged. There will be no place for my boots to hide. It certainly looks like Tricker’s have all these bases covered. Keeping feet comfortable and dry since the 1830s…I will trust that as a reference.
My boots duly arrived after the new year. At first figured the courier had given me two pairs such was the weight on the box! Alas, it was only one pair of fine, sturdy, beautiful boots contained in the box. A pair of Tricker’s boots that fit superbly and are unbelievably comfortable for something that looks so sturdy. The scotchgrain leather is a joy to behold. All mine, at last and I know for a fact they were made with care, skill and the utmost dedication. I cannot ask for more than that from my boots. Unrequited love is not always a fruitless pursuit after all.
Why go for a welted sole? The guys at Mr Porter explain all below-
Thanks for reading and I promise to update you on these boots and what I wear them with!