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Northamptonshire in England is renowned for being the shoe making capital of the world. For nearly 900 years, workers in the area have been producing some of the best known footwear brands and styles. In its heyday, almost every town and village had its own speciality ranging from the most durable work boots to smarter dress and fashion styles.

Wollaston is no exception. In 1881, eleven men got together to form a workers' co-operative called the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS) Shoes Ltd. An order for army boots from the government gave them a lucrative kick start, and the business continued to build a great reputation and to prosper.

In the 1950s, NPS produced the first English pair of sample boots with air-cushioned soles for Dr Marten. For 35 years, NPS produced Solovair (sole-of-air) boots and shoes under licence sold under the name of Dr Martens by Solovair.

NPS now designs and manufactures a range of classic footwear styles which are commissioned by some of the largest UK and international brands including Jack Wills, John Lewis, M&S, Joules and Kurt Geiger. Combining over 130 years of traditional craftsmanship and tooling, their extraordinarily skilled workers and the latest technology and materials, all footwear produced at the NPS factory is of the finest quality.

We are pleased to present these classic boots - 100% made (with love and care) at the NPS factory in Wollaston, Northamptonshire under their own brand name - Solovair.


Solovair Dealer Boot - Gaucho Crazy Horse Brown

Gaucho Crazy Horse Brown Dealer Boot - 100% Handcrafted in Northamptonshire

including VAT

Solovair Dealer Boot - Matt Black

Matt Black Dealer Boot - 100% Handcrafted in Northamptonshire

including VAT