Thomas Church, Alfred Church, William Church and Thomas Jr. Church
Church’s was founded in 1873 by Thomas Church and his three sons Alfred, William and Thomas Jr., who could count on family experience in the production of handmade men’s shoes dating back to 1675. Church’s is based in Northampton, not far from London, in a county which has been the centre of a flourishing leather and footwear industry since the Middle Ages.
In the space of a few years, Church’s was transformed from a craft workshop into a benchmark firm for high-quality footwear, both locally and for the most demanding shoe shops in London and throughout Great Britain. One of the earliest styles, the Adaptable, won a Gold Medal at the 1884 Crystal Palace Exhibition. The Adaptable was unusual for the time: it came in pairs of left and right and “in six widths in every conceivable style and material”. Most of the other companies’ shoes at the time were still sold as straights - identical pairs without lefts or rights. At the dawn of the 20th century, Church’s began exporting outside Europe to new markets such as the United States, Canada and South America. 1921 saw the first Church’s directly operated shop open in London. In the same year, the multi-fitting “Archmoulded” shoes for ladies was introduced, in response to a much-changed society in which both women and fashion were becoming prominent.
A new factory was opened in 1957 and is still today the firm’s worldwide headquarters. The visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1965, together with the prestigious Queen’s Award for exports, put the official seal of recognition on Church’s over centennial tradition and status as a leading international brand.
It still takes up to eight weeks to produce a pair of Church’s shoes: each undergoes over 250 detailed manual operations before it leaves the factory.
All of Church’s men’s welted shoes are manufactured in Northampton: all the production is hand-made and performed inside the factory by specialized craftsmen.
Nowadays there are more than 23 Church's branded retails store from Hong Kong to London
Church produces classic English style shoes for gentlemen and gentlewomen with a different style for every occasion
Church's shoes are comfortable, traditional, trendy but especially durable and permanent, British style can be seen in all brogues, oxfords and loafers but also suede boots, flats and evening pumps for women.