Tricker's continues to make the classic models with that sturdy English construction. There is nothing dainty about these shoes. All the details are magnified – double leather sole, high storm welt, plenty of outsole left untrimmed, broguing so large it usually doesn't even fit on the toe cap, as befits a classic heavy brogue. It's a shoe that reminds you of a tractor.
The shoe's visible readiness for rough play has lured today's urban woodsman. Unlike other heritage brands that resist change, Tricker's also now produces the same designs using colors and materials that wouldn't exactly blend into a Scottish highland. After all, if you're going to drive a tractor in the city, you might as well decorate it like a parade float. Red, green, blue suedes even, combine with a rainbow of commando, vibram and dainite soles.
The vibram and crepe soles can't really be stitched through with the machines used for stitching traditional soles. Instead the insole and upper are welted and stitched to what's called a “stitched-thru” - kind of like a thinner outsole – which is then bonded to the outsole. Commando and dainite soles are bonded then stitched, just like a leather sole. That and a storm welt will get you through a rainy walk in town or country.
Outside the Tricker's factory.
Wooden bespoke lasts.
A pair of bespoke shoes on the last.
A sort of shoe sauna where uppers go to be softened up before being lasted.
Boot uppers on the last.
As they make their way around the factory, many shoes have their upper shrink-wrapped so that they won't be damaged while the soles are attended to.
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Vintage boots in the Tricker's showroom.