Last Monday it was my turn to travel to the Mekka for many shoe lovers, Northampton. I want to share my impressions with you here. The primary reason I went is to get my feet measured at Spring Line for bespoke lasts. I also wanted to take the opportunity to visit the factory shops in and around Northampton. A few days before I went, I had sent emails out to check with some of the factories whether or not they (still) had a factory shop. I got some responses, one of which was from Chay Cooper at Alfred Sargent's. Although they did not have a factory shop, he invited me to come over for a factory tour if I wanted. As you could imagine, I could not resist such an opportunity. Although my stay was short, I had rented a car and could go out of town to visit some of the more remote factories. I will split this up in a few parts and add on in the following days. I will also add some photographs I made.