Fit for a rock star

Posted on August 9, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2022 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 […]


Posted on November 23, 2021 by jennifer tilley has only been open 3 months but couldn’t miss out on one of retail’s biggest seasonal fixtures: Black Friday sales. This will be our only sale in 2015 so we thought we’d give you a head start in advance of Friday’s frenzy and offer 20% off our range of boots and shoes from Monday […]

Our Stockists

Posted on September 22, 2021 by jennifer tilley

All the styles listed on our website are currently only available direct from our own website. This is because Solovair Premium is our first collection we have made which will be “in-stock”. Since 1881, our factory, NPS Shoes, have only made footwear to order and for us, this is a revolutionary change for the factory. […]

British Boot Company - Photo Competition

Posted on September 2, 2021 by jennifer tilley

We love that our friends at BBC in Camden, London are running a photo competition to win a pair of Solovair 8-eyelet Classics. The rules are simple, share their Facebook post to all your friends and direct message them on your favourite photo of you with or in your Solovairs. We look forward to seeing […]

Solovair Launches its first In-Stock Collection

Posted on July 15, 2021 by jennifer tilley

Since the humble beginnings of the factory NPS Shoes in Northamptonshire, home of Solovair and shoe manufacturing, all footwear has been made to order. Now in NPS’ 135th year, Solovair has been reinterpreted for the new Premium collection and for the first time in the brand’s history has created its inaugural in-stock range available for […]