Fellow forum'ers, This forum has proved to be most valuable. It has taught me so much.. Fused VS non-fused, blake stich vs goodyear welted.. My question relates to the various shoe factories in Northhampton, Endland. (Edward Green and John Lobb in particular but I am interested in Grenson and C&J as well).. Are they open in the immediate period after Christmas, i.e. between Dec 26 and Jan 6th? What's the stock level of the factory stores at that time? I am guessing that they may be a little depleted due to the Christmas rush... I am planning to visit London at that time and won't mind a side trip to get a few bargain pairs of shoes while watching craftsmen at work on a factory tour.