Shoe Museum Northampton

We catch our long flight back to the New World today.  Bitter sweet goodbye to my homeland, family and friends.  I thought I'd share a little more about my hometown before i jump in the shower and down my last  proper cuppa.  My home town of Northampton has been the most famous city in the world for shoe production since the 15th Century. Hence there is a rather fabulous shoe museum in the town center.

Northampton today is still considered the place to go for prestige Shoes.  Among the current leading names in the industry is Church’s English Shoes, based in St James, which now employs about 400 people. This is a family run business established in 1873 and is majority owned by Prada. In October 1999 Prada purchased an 83% share for $170 million.

Here are a few pics from the museum.

Bound feet shoe China

Bound feet shoe China

Silk embroidered shoe

Silk embroidered shoe

Union Jack Shoe 1953

Union Jack Shoe 1953