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Dr. Martens Staff and Friends Sale 2019

Date: April 27th, 2019

It’s amazing how quickly an activity can start to feel like a tradition. The Dr. Martens Staff and Friends Sale took place again on April 27th at the Dr. Martens Cobbs Lane site. The marquee went up the Friday before to reports of windy weather and storm clouds. The pallets of overs and end of […]

BFA 120th Anniversary and Northamptonshire Manufacturers’ Dinner

Date: March 28th, 2019

The British Footwear Association celebrated its 120th anniversary with a special shoe exhibition entitled “Northamptonshire Finest” on the 28th March 2019 . Master shoe-makers Church, Cheaney, Sanders & Sanders, Trickers, Loake, NPS, Crockett & Jones, Dr Martens, Barkers and Grenson all submitted shoes for the event which was described by the BFA Chairman Robert Perkins […]


Date: February 17th, 2019

This year’s Footwear Industry Awards took place on the 17th February 2019 at the Birmingham National Conference center. Organised by Datateam Business Media, publisher of Footwear Today magazine, the Awards have been specifically designed to celebrate the brands, retailers and professionals at the heart of the vibrant sector. Footwear Today editor Cheryl Taylor opened the […]

Footwear Industry Awards 2019

Date: February 17th, 2019

The Footwear Industry Awards, organised by Footwear Today, now in their eighth year will take place at the Birmingham National Conference Centre on Sunday, 17th February 2019. The event will hold a  “Black and Red” charity game and some of the proceeds from this will go to Footwear Friends. For more details on the Awards […]

Great North Run September 2018

Date: September 9th, 2018

Following a group warm up before the start with about 50,000 other runners, the gun went off at 10.40 am with the eventual race winner Sir Mo Farah leading the way. The start of the Great North Run follows the A167 out of Newcastle City Centre gently downhill and over the famous Tyne Bridge. It’s […]

International Golf Championship of the Shoe, Leather and Allied Trades – June 2018

Date: June 20th, 2018 - June 22nd, 2018

The 73rd International Golf Championship of the Shoe, Leather and Allied Trades was played over the Hillside and Southport over three days at the end of June. The sun shone throughout the three days but a challenging wind and the large number of bunkers made low scoring difficult with both courses presenting a real challenge […]

Leicester Race Day 2018

Date: June 4th, 2018

Following the success of our first race day fundraising event in 2016, Footwear Friends are delighted to offer limited places to an afternoon of racing at Leicester race course on Monday 4th June 2018. A great occasion to socialise, whilst enjoying the thrill of racing. An opportunity to network with other individuals from the industry […]

Leicester Race Day – 4th June 2018

Date: June 4th, 2018

On the 4th June we held our Annual General Meeting at Leicester Race Course followed by an afternoon of horse racing. We were joined by 35 supporters who enjoyed a summer buffet lunch, the thrill of the races and the chance of winning some great prizes on the raffle. We were blessed with good weather […]

Northamptonshire Footwear Manufacturers Dinner 2018

Date: May 3rd, 2018

On 3rd May 2018, the Northamptonshire Footwear Manufacturers Dinner was held at the Marriott Hotel in Northampton, hosted by Barker Shoes. The guest speaker on the night was Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive at the Northampton and Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce. This key sector in our industry continues to flourish and the positive atmosphere and […]

Dr Martens Fundraiser

Date: April 28th, 2018

Dr. Martens held a closed sale for Staff and Friends back in April to turn their end of line stock and unused samples into donations they could give to their chosen charities. Members of the Wollaston Factory Team pitched in with forklifts and trolleys in the car park and unloaded 15 pallets of merchandise. While […]