A Visit to Northampton - Passion Above All

Expertise and technical ability have always been Church’s hallmark. Every shoe encapsulates the story of endless manual steps performed with pride and dedication, meticulous attention to details, featuring exquisite leather.

Every morning at 8 am, Church’s Northampton factory welcomes the passionate protagonists of the creation of the finely manufactured classic British shoes. 

As for the Crown Collection – crown jewel of the brand - the manufacturing process begins with quality control and an accurate selection of the best leather, which is then manually cut running a metal blade through special rigid molds called dime, to prevent fraying or wavering.

Hand cutting
Leather thickness is thinned and uniformed

After thinning the edges and having uniformed the thickness, parts of lining and upper are sewn together with a cotton thread in the hemming process, forming the final model.

The following step is the special “welted” stitching, that ensures the possibility of an easy resoling to avoid damaging the upper.

The leather strip called welt is sewn between the sole and the upper and leads to the sewing of the sole to the welt. A special technique that requires the use of two different cotton threads to ensure maximum resistance. The space created between sole and insole is filled with special cork.

Stitching
The skillful hands of artisan perform the finishing touches

The sole edges are then finished before the dyeing phase. This step is performed freehand with special attention by Church’s skillful artisans.

Finally, inside the ‘shoe room’, the room where shoes acquire their final color, they are fastened, brushed and polished, resulting in the final ‘look’. Burgundy or sandalwood are just some of the typical nuances of the brand.

This construction method was introduced in 1869 and is employed to this day.

The production of a pair of Church’s requires approximately 12 weeks of work and over 300 accurate and skillful steps.

Hand dyeing
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