How to care for your Solovair footwear

Posted on November 8, 2017 by jennifer tilley

If you consider that Solovair footwear takes several weeks to make and can last a lifetime, it’s well worth taking time to make sure that you care for your footwear correctly.   Here are some simple guidelines: Always clean shoes regularly by cleaning off any surplus dirt with a brush or damp cloth. For leather […]

The Goodyear welted method

Posted on October 31, 2017 by jennifer tilley

All of our footwear manufactured here at Solovair is proudly all handmade; part of this process is the Goodyear welted method. The introduction of the ‘Goodyear welting machine’ by Charles Goodyear in 1872 was to revolutionise the production of footwear.  Goodyear welted footwear acquires its name from the long strip of material called a ‘welt’ […]

Julien David featured in Vogue Paris

Posted on October 25, 2017 by jennifer tilley

We were delighted to see that boots made in the Solovair factory designed by Julien David made it into Vogue Paris, the boots pictured are each made with a Solovair sole. Julien David is a French-born, Tokyo-based designer who established his own name brand in 2008.


Posted on October 19, 2017 by jennifer tilley

Solovair are pleased to welcome SKO UNO as one of our suppliers of Solovair. Based in Stockholm, Sweden SKO UNO stock a unique  range of clothes, shoes and accessories, including Solovair shoes and boots, you can find them at: Old Brogatan 34, 111 20 Stockholm

Cobbler Next Door

Posted on October 19, 2017 by jennifer tilley

日本へ訪問した私たちは昨日、コブラーネクストドアのマサとコラを訪ねました。彼らが持っているのは、コブラー別注ソロヴェアー11ホールチェリーレッドダービーブーツです。 東京都港区青山の彼らのショップはブーツの修理がメインですが、ソロヴェアーシューズやブーツの販売、修理、オリジナルソールでソール交換をすることもできます。お近くにお住まいでしたら、ぜひ訪ねてみてください!COBBLER NEXT DOOR 東京都港区南青山3−5−3 2階 As part of a visit to Japan,  yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting Masa and Cora from Cobbler Next Door, who can be seen below holding our 11 eye Oxblood Derby Boot. Located in Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo their main business is shoe and boot repairs, and are able to […]

Solovair in Japan

Posted on October 16, 2017 by jennifer tilley

Whilst looking through an archive of Solovair posts, we came across a post from featuring two punk rockers from Harajuku, Tokyo. The post introduces us to K and Asuka and their choice of outfit including footwear; with K opting for a pair of our very own 11 eyelet Derby boots. To see the pairs […]

Hawkins ‘Astronaut’ Boots

Posted on October 16, 2017 by jennifer tilley

Why are they called Hawkins Astronaut boots? That is because in 1961 the Mercury Seven also referred to as the Original Seven or Astronaut Group 1 were pictured wearing Hawkins boots before their trip to space. Solovair continues to produce the Goodyear welted 6 Eye Hawkins Astronaut Derby Boot available in black hi shine, oxblood […]

Fit for a rock star

Posted on August 9, 2017 by jennifer tilley

A recent interview with Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno by GQ magazine revealed that his favourite shoes to wear are our very own Burgundy Rub-Off 11 Eye Derby Boots! Our 11-eyelet Derby Boot in hi-shine leather is Goodyear welted using Solovair’s renowned Soft Sole Suspension technology, which ensures comfort and durability. If you like the style but […]

Moving with the [Business] Times

Posted on May 1, 2017 by rebekah hadman

NPS Shoes and Solovair owner, Ivor Tilley and Managing Director Christian Castle (Ivor’s son-in-law) made the front page of the Business Times newspaper to recognise the family’s significant contribution to the footwear industry in Northamptonshire as well as a global player with their brand Solovair. With a growing workforce and order book, NPS Shoes still […]


Posted on March 7, 2017 by jennifer tilley

NEW FACTORY TOUR DATES RELEASED  You’re invited to join us for an exclusive guided tour of our shoe factory, located in the heart of rural Northamptonshire. Witness where 135 years of highly-skilled British shoe-making takes place. Our guide, who happens to be the Managing Directory and son-in-law of owner,  will take you on a journey […]


Posted on March 7, 2017 by jennifer tilley

Share you Solovair Style – #SHOWUSYOURSOLOVAIR We’ve witnessed a great following on Instagram of fans wearing their Solovair with style and pride. We thought we need to start celebrating our supporters and thank those who are taking the time to plot our history on social media. To get involved, and for a chance to win […]


Posted on October 31, 2016 by jennifer tilley

NPS Shoes, Home to Solovair, Opens Factory Shop This month marks a first for NPS Shoes Ltd who have opened their factory store offering customers the opportunity to directly shop the company’s increasingly popular 100% British handmade Solovair® and NPS® footwear brands. NPS Shoes Ltd, have been manufacturing premium quality men’s and women’s Goodyear-welted footwear for […]