Our leather explained. . .

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Ashleigh Liversage

We are often asked the difference between the different types of leather so here are the definitions for the types used for our footwear: Smooth Leather The majority of Solovair boots are made using ‘Smooth’ leather, this is a corrected leather. The Class 8 Eye Derby Boot was originally a work boot and has always […]

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’ […]

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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]

Solovair Launches its first In-Stock Collection

Posted on July 15, 2015 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 […]