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Gotta Have It

Bovver boots are back so we've rounded up the coolest Northants brands. Wear with ankle grazers, floaty skirts or leggings to capture the '90s.

Dr Martens

Synonymous with punks and grebos and achingly cool once again, you always remember your first pair of Docs. Well, you do if you grew up in Northants in the grunge era. Mine were black ten holes, which I bought with my pocket money at age 13 at the factory shop in Northampton. I painted pink daisies and an acid house smiley face on them, and I still have them today. The shop in Northampton’s Shoe Quarter isn’t there these days, but you can visit the one in Wollaston, where the Griggs family made the cult shoes from the 1960s until they sold the business in 2014. Thankfully, the factory in Wollaston continues to produce these iconic boots, although there are far more styles to choose from today, including sizes to fit the mini mes.


Made in Kettering, Loake are known and revered for their super stylish, dapper brogues that wouldn’t look out of place on a stockbroker. Not exactly cool then? But add a pair of thick socks and a bias cut, floaty skirt and they transform from weekend in the country to cutting edge. We love the fact that this heritage British brand is still run by the great-grandson of the original founder, who set up the business in an outbuilding in 1880, just a few streets away from the current factory in Wood Street.


Grenson might just take the Muddy Award for Brand Who Made Daggy Fashionable, thanks to their ultra cool Nanette boot, which looks as though it ought to be worn with an anorak and accompanied by a soggy packed lunch. And yet, here we are, ogling them in Dover Street Market and forking out several hundred smackers to look like a geography teacher. Last year saw the launch of their new bang on-trend vegan range.


Barker originated in 1880 in the Northants village of Earl’s Barton where they continue to be produced today. We are all over their leather and tweed Grace boot, which is bluestocking perfection. Wear with a librarian bun and a rather naughty expression.


Founded in the 1880s and bought by Prada more than a century later, Church’s have always had an extraordinary and iconic presence in Shoe Town with the brand’s global HQ located in St James’ Street. Celeb fans include Daniel Craig, Alexa Chung and Victoria Beckham and we are loving their classic and enduring Chelsea boot.

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