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Behind the Scenes - The Walsh Factory

Introducing the Walsh Lostock Shoe to our ongoing Friends of Fred project.

Fred Perry took a visit to the Walsh Bolton workshop to meet the small team, Pete, Jon, Lynne, Michelle and Harry and to watch the Lostock manufacturing process from start to finish.

Walsh trainers are considered the original specialised running shoe. Founder, Norman Walsh began his training as a shoemaker in 1945, just three years later he was asked to make sprinting shoes for the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Following the creation of Walsh footwear brand in 1961, Norman collaborated with numerous athletes to create world leading performance styles.

Walsh Gb Multi

This season’s casual style Lostock shoe draws influence from Walsh’s performance roots. Crafted from durable nylon and suede, the classic three colour sports upper features a lightweight EVA sole unit and a Walsh label on the tongue and side wall.

Walsh Footwear Leather Tabs

At the very beginning of the process Pete creates paper patterns for the uppers, once he is happy with the design and sizes, he goes on to make a set of templates, known as knives. The knives, made from metal, do not look too dissimilar to a giant biscuit cutter. There can be 8 knives for every upper and every size requires its' own set. The knives fix to a special machine which presses them into sheets of material to create the individual parts.

Lynne stitches the pieces of nylon and suede together to create a flat shoe. A mould is then used and heat applied, to stiffen the heel (officially called 'closing'). At this point the shoe starts to take form.

 Walsh Footwear Closing

The upper is slipped around an anatomical mould of the foot known as a last. A lightweight insole is inserted; the shoe is then mechanically bound to the last and into its' final recognisable shape.

Walsh Footwear Lasts

Walsh Footwear Last

The final part of the process is known as 'soling'. The sole is glued to the upper and the complete shoe is fed onto a conveyor belt, which leads into a big oven. The shoe comes out, cools down and gets given the final treatment - a tag, laces, a tissue paper wrapping and a box.

Walsh Footwear Swingtickets

For this seasons' Friends of Fred, the handcrafted Lostock shoe is available in two colour options, Regal and Rosso (show below).


See the full Friends of Fred selection online and in our Laurel Wreath Collection shops now.


In Focus - The George Cox Monkey Boot

Maroon Boot Cut Out 

The George Cox Monkey Boot - click here to view

This week, we're pleased to introduce the George Cox Monkey Boot as part of our ongoing Friends of Fred project. Handmade at the company's Northamptonshire factory, these 14-hole lace ups have been crafted in high shine leather that develops its own individual character over time, improving with age.

Monkey Boot Mens 1

Originally designed as a standard issue army boot, the Monkey Boot has been adopted by various subcultures throughout the decades, originally picked up by the late 60s mods before becoming a firm favourite with both men and women on the skinhead scene.

Monkey Boot Group 2

The boot's unique shape hugs the ankle and tapers to the toe, making it ideal teamed with straight leg denim and a classic gingham shirt or Harrington jacket. The George Cox style features a leather lining, dual branding on the inner sock and an additional pair of yellow laces to add a pop of colour if preferred. Available in maroon or black colour options, in UK sizes 6-11.

Shop the latest Friends of Fred Collection online here, or find your nearest Laurel Wreath Collection shop.

Friends of Fred - Introducing Gloverall

We're pleased to introduce iconic brand Gloverall as the latest addition to the Autumn/Winter 2012 Friends of Fred selection. Established in 1951, Gloverall has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s most timeless and well respected brands. Founded by Harold and Freda Morris, the company originally specialised in the sale of cotton and leather gloves and traditional workwear clothing.

Stirling Moss Gloverall
Photo by Jack Garnham/Picture Post/Getty Images courtesy of Gloverall

Following the Second World War, the couple were approached by the Ministry of Defence to help with a solution for the disposal of surplus army supplies. Happy to oblige, they took the surplus military and naval coats, conceived their brand name using the words ‘Gloves' and 'Overalls’ and made their first styles available to the British public. The coats were a resounding success. Harold Morris saw the early potential in this venture and alongside his father - who happened to be a master tailor - began to produce larger quantities of a more structured, civilian friendly version of the coat in their London workshop.

Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images courtesy of Gloverall

The new Gloverall coat was adopted and adored by a legion of fans spanning a cross-section of society. The coat became a symbol of social renegades - favoured throughout the 1950s and 60s by beatniks, protestors and artists. In contrast, British actor Michael Wilding - the second husband of movie star Elizabeth Taylor - was famously photographed wearing his alongside the star on their honeymoon, whilst champion racing car driver Stirling Moss was often seen trackside in his. Gloverall, like Fred Perry, have their feet firmly cemented in British history, with both brands seeing their signature pieces migrate from their original purpose to become iconic design classics. 

 Coat 1

This season sees the introduction of an exclusive Gloverall reefer coat to Friends of Fred. The reefer coat was a style traditionally worn by the Navy, and has been produced using Moon's quality melton wool, a fabric famed for its warmth, durability and wind resistance. Made in England, the double breasted style is complete with anchor button detailing and a throat tab fastening for warding off the cold. Retaining its original features and navy blue colour, the coat has been updated with our signature Stewart tartan lining. Three Gloverall medal stripe scarves have been crafted in pure new wool, making a perfect accompaniment to this season's outerwear. Staying true to Gloverall's military roots, the distinctive stripe patterns originate from the ribbons used on medals awarded for distinguished service during wartime.

 Scarf 1

Fred Perry have also worked alongside Gloverall to produce a collaborative Laurel Wreath Collection duffle coat. Available for both men and women, our interpretation of the classic style sees it pared down with a streamlined silhouette and simplified panel details.

See the full Friends of Fred selection for Autumn/Winter 2012 HERE.