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

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 repair and resole your Solovair […]

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 […]

Well Dressed Dad Blogs about Solovair and NPS

Posted on March 19, 2016 by rebekah hadman

We were honoured to be included on Nick Johannessen’s blog. In his own words Nick is a a middle-aged Norwegian blogger into classic menswear, tweed, workwear and cool things. He specialises in waistcoats, brogues, denim and outerwear. Nick has been crowned with the accolade as one of the 20 most stylish men on Instagram. To […]


Posted on March 9, 2016 by jennifer tilley

Just over 18 years ago, Jason King bought a pair of our 11 eyelet Black Greasy Derby Boots from the British Boot Company in Camden, London to celebrate the birth of his first child.  Having worn them at least once a week since 1998, it is fair to say these boots have had a life […]

Collection Launch at Pitti: 12 – 15 January

Posted on January 11, 2016 by jennifer tilley

Solovair Lifestyle and NPS Heritage Following the successful launch of Solovair Premium, British Shoemakers NPS Shoes Ltd are introducing two further In-Stock collections for SS16: Solovair Lifestyle and NPS Heritage. NPS HERITAGE COLLECTION incorporates the craftsmanship and skills acquired by the factory since production started in 1881. All products are Goodyear welted construction, leather soled, calf […]