- Jul 16, 2018
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I am not in the shoe trade, I was curious about AS and since I was already planning a trip to Northampton I called the factory number.I'm not buying right now but are very interested to know if they might sell from the factory. You must be shoe trade. I live nearby but didn't think they allowed customers in.
They were really kind and told me it was possible to have a quick tour of the factory and also buy shoes.
When I went there I visited the showroom first, there you find examples of all their lines (country, exclusive, handgrade etc..) and you can buy "first" at retail price (no discount I am afraid) or seconds for half the price more or less. Seconds are available only for the exlusive line, they go in the factory and check what is available there. Availability is very limited, so do not expect a proper factory shop with a lot of seconds available.
The factory visit was amazing and I could see up close all the machines they use and shoes in each stage of development (lasting, heel stacking, welting, finishing, refurbishment/resole etc.. ).
Overall it was a great experience and I am impressed by the quality of the shoes. It is an amazing brand run by amazing people and it's a real shame it is so difficult to find!
If you call them I am sure you can arrange a visit as well, definitely recommended!