Travelling to the heart of Rushden, Northamptonshire, a town steeped in shoemaking history, we had the pleasure to visit the prestigious Sanders & Sanders shoe factory, renowned for its commitment to quality and craftsmanship. This journey wasn't just about admiring fine footwear; it was a celebration of shared values, respect, and the pursuit of excellence.
Upon arriving we were given a tour of the factory which revealed a magnificent operation in full swing. Every step in the shoemaking process, from selecting premium leathers to the meticulous handcrafting, was a testament to tradition and dedication.
Han Quote “Stepping into the factory felt as if time slowed down, and you get transported a century back witnessing different operations that occur within this fine structure, the thing with Goodyear welted shoes is that you cannot cut corners in the process of crafting a fine pair of shoes, it’s going to take the time it needs just like a wine needs to go through all the steps until maturation”
What truly stood out during this visit was the opportunity to meet and speak with the factory's staff, some of whom had dedicated over five decades to perfecting their craft. Their unwavering commitment to shoemaking was an inspiration to us, reinforcing the timeless value of artisanal skills in an era of mass production, and the importance of transferring those skills to future generations.
It is very evident that both businesses share a deep-rooted respect for each other's commitment to quality, heritage, and craftsmanship. This mutual admiration extends beyond mere business transactions; it's a genuine appreciation of the artistry and dedication that goes into every pair of shoes. This partnership is is a testament to one of our key pillars of being community based and supporting fellow craftmakers and business pursuing quality manufacturing.
We take great pride in stocking Sanders shoes, our offering includes classic styles ranging from loafers and the iconic Sam Chukka boots and has now expanded to include Kelso winter boots with more in planned in the future as well as a collaboration which we are very excited about.
Each pair of Sanders shoes in our inventory carries with it the legacy of generations of Northampton shoemakers. It's not just about the shoes; it's about the stories woven into every stitch and the passion etched into each sole.
As both companies continue to grow and evolve, the partnership between BLA and Sanders is a testament to the enduring appeal of handcrafted excellence. It's a reminder that, in a fast-paced world, some traditions are worth preserving.