150007-560ProductTrickers Woodstock Derby
Tricker’s shoes and boots are constructed in 260 individual processes all carried out by hand by craftsmen and women in Northampton, a centre for shoemaking in central England since the 16th century. The company was founded by Joseph Tricker in 1829 and remains a family business today. The manufacturing process has been modernised, but is still based in the same Tricker’s factory that was established in 1904. Making shoes by hand is very labour-intensive and the work is performed by skilled shoemakers with great experience in the trade. The process includes examining and hand-cutting individual pieces of leather, building a sole in multiple layers and sewing them together, before trimming and smoothing the finished product freehand. Every pair of Tricker’s is unique and individually numbered. Being handmade in every step, and stitched rather than glued, Tricker’s shoes can be unstitched and repaired by a skilled shoemaker if needed.
history Derby shoes
The term ‘derby’ refers to a general type of open-laced shoes, sewn from three pieces of leather. A derby shoe is created by stitching the two quarters, which are the back pieces of the shoe where the eyelets are placed, on top of the front half, called the vamp. The tongue is an extension of the vamp, rather than a separate piece. The derby is seen as less formal than the close-laced Oxford and is also known as a Blucher or Gibson.
The open-lace system makes it easier to adjust the width and fit of the shoe, and the style was originally developed for this particular reason in the late 19th century. In 1872, it was described in a British publication as a new and more comfortable alternative to the tight-fitting Oxford, especially for the summer months.
Leather is a hard-wearing natural material, yet it can be sensitive. Keep leather away from humidity, heat and chemicals and protect it from rain and rough surfaces, which can scratch and damage it. To remove light stains, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Otherwise, leather items should be taken to a specialist leather dry cleaner. If leather should get wet, allow it to air dry at normal room temperature.