The tour through NPS® original factory offers an exciting insight into all areas of shoe production.

Our expert guide will take you through the ‘Clicking’ Room, Closing room, Levelling/ Making Room and finally the Shoe Room. Talking you through production technologies you will learn that while machines have made production more efficient, the fundamental processes have remained the same at our factory for over a century!

Come prepared with questions as you walk through Northamptonshire history and modern-day manufacturing!

IMPORTANT: Please book your interest on the Registration form in advance as our guided tours fill up quickly!


The Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS) was founded in 1881 by five men in Wollaston, Northamptonshire. At the very beginning we manufactured footwear for the British Army, for over 30 years NPS produced Solovair (Sole-of-Air) boots and shoes under licence for AirWair under the name “Dr Martens made by Solovair”, and more recently we manufacture for brands including John Lewis, Kurt Geiger, Marks & Spencer, Joules and Jack Wills.

All our footwear is still dedicatedly made in Wollaston and after 135 years in continuous manufacturing we opened a Factory Shop to sell our Solovair® and NPS®footwear ranges, as well as some High-Street branded styles.

The tour will end within our Solovair® and NPS® factory shop where you can make the most of up to 20% off RRP while you enjoy light refreshments. (Please inform us if you have any dietary restrictions)

Take advantage of our Outlet area where you will find other footwear ranges including Limited Edition, end of line and some High Street branded styles.

*PRIVATE organised tours are available*


2 Holyoake Rd
NN29 7RZ



Tel. +44 (0) 1933 664 207


  • Monday to Friday: 10AM – 4PM
  • Saturday: 10AM – 4PM*
  • Sunday: CLOSED


* On a rare occasion, we may not be able to open on a weekend. Please check with us in advance before travelling.



Participants:  max. 20 (individual visitors are organised into groups of 20); it is also possible to provide exclusive guided tours for groups. Only for children aged 6 and above.

Duration: max. 60mins

Time: 11am – 1pm (unless otherwise stated)

Individual Reservations:

Tel. +44 (0) 1933 664 207
IMPORTANT: Please reserve a place you require well in advance.

Group Reservations:

We welcome private and group bookings (including guided tours for children aged 6 and above) please contact to book.

Language: The guided tours are offered in English.

Please note: It may not always be possible to include all sections of the guided tour always.

For security reasons, tour participants are required to understand English





Special assistance: Some areas of the factory may be restrictive for wheelchair users. Please contact us before booking.