The tour through NPS original factory offers an exciting insight into all areas of shoe production. The experts guiding the tour naturally focus on the guests’ specific request and questions. In its concept and route, the NPS Factory tour follows specific content-related criteria, giving guests access to all shoe production technologies at NPS Shoes Factory: the ‘Clicking’ or cutting Room, Closing room, Levelling / Making Room, Shoe Room, while machines have made production more efficient, the fundamental process has remained the same at our factory for over a century.

IMPORTANT: Please book your interest on the Registration form  in advance since guided tours of the factory are very popular and will virtually always be fully booked if you attempt to reserve at short notice.


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 have opened a new Factory Shop to sell our Solovair® and NPS®footwear ranges, as well as some High-Street branded styles.

*PRIVATE organised tours now available*


2 Holyoake Rd
NN29 7RZ


Tel. +44 (0) 1933 664 207


  • Monday to Friday: 10AM – 4PM
  • Saturday: 10AM – 4PM*
  • Sunday: 11AM – 4PM*

* 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. 60 minutes

Times: 11am – 1pm

Individual Reservations:

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

Group Reservations:

We have had the pleasure to welcome many group tours to the NPS Factory. Should you belong to a group who you think would enjoy a private organised tour please contact There will be a small fee of £10 per person which directly covers additional staffing and refreshments.

Language: The guided tours are offered in English.

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

For security reasons, please note that our English guided tours require participants to understand English.

Special needs: Some parts of the factory may be prohibitive to people with special needs e.g. on wheelchairs etc. Please check with us in advance before travelling.