We are The English Shoe Tour Company, providing guided visits to the shoe factory shop outlets in Northamptonshire.
These exclusive outlets offer reduced prices to the public and sell the very finest shoes and boots in the world. Some of these brands are By Appointment to HRH the Queen and family and are worn by celebrities worldwide.
Our unique tours are completely personalised, so please fill in the form below and we will create a tour just for you. We can collect you from Northampton train station (London Euston - 50 mins).
factory shopS & opening times:
Dr Martens ***** | Barker Shoes *** | Church & Co *** | Jeffery West Ltd *** | Edward Green ** | John Lobb *** | Joseph Cheaney & Sons *** | NPS Shoes & Solovair *** | Trickers **** | Arthur Knight Shoes (By arrangement)
Please be aware, the links above lead to the corresponding retail businesses and NOT the factory shops. Current products shown may not be available.
Opening times ***** Everyday | **** Monday to Saturday | *** Tuesday to Saturday | ** Monday to Friday
The English Shoe Tour Company
Mobile: +44 (0)7850 454124
Please book here
List any shop preferences in the Message box.
Please note particular shoe ranges, sizes and factory opening times are subject to availability and change.
We are unable to guarantee visiting all shops in one day as this is dependent on individual times spent in each shop and travel time between locations.
Food and refreshments available on request and at extra charge.
+ How many shops can I visit?
You can visit as many as we can fit in a day. if you want to visit more than one - we would advise telling us your THREE 'must see' outlets. Timings are subject to how long one spends in each shop and travel time between the outlets
+ Are refreshments provided?
We supply bottled water en route and we can advise you on places to eat to suit your pocket
+ Do I have to spend all day on a tour?
Not at all. This is a bespoke tour, we can visit as few or as many as possible
+ Do shops stock all current designs and sizes?
As these are factory shops, stock is either slight seconds, samples and discontinued lines, we cannot guarantee availability of designs, sizes and male/female options
+ Do I need to book transport?
No, the tour cost includes transport
+ Where do I meet our tour guide?
We recommend Northampton Railway station. Our driver will make him/herself prominent
+ If I want to stay the night are there local hotels?
Yes, it would be best to book these direct online, we can advise on accommodation
+ How far from London is Northampton?
Northampton is centrally based in the UK and 50 minutes train from London Euston. Trains are every 20 minutes. To get the most out of your day we recommend arriving before 10am
+ Is there anything else apart from the shoe factory shops to see locally?
For culture: The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House | https://www.78derngate.org.uk
Althorp House - Family home the late Lady Diana Spencer (Limited opening times) | https://spencerofalthorp.com/
Phipps Breweries | http://www.phipps-nbc.co.uk
Northampton Shoe Museum has the largest collection of historical footwear in the world. It will reopen in Spring 2020 after major refurbishment.
For eateries: We have a selection of wonderful gastro pubs and restaurants around Northampton
For shopping: Various antique and Vintage shops in and around Northampton and Weedon
+ Can I book with some friends?
Of course, we can take up to four people. If you want to book larger parties please enquire