I'd been meaning to visit the Northampton Shoe Museum for the longest time but never got round to going, until a few weeks ago, that is...
Northampton has a long history of shoemaking dating back to the 15th century. The towns suitability for shoemaking was down to a good supply of material (a large cattle market) and it's central location for distribution. 10 miles from the town, is a small village called Wollaston, which is the home of the famous shoe brand, Dr. Martens.
Me, being the curious person that I am, wanted to know all about this shoe museum. I mean. I'd heard way too many people talk about this place, for me to ignore it. Not everything I heard was positive and so, I went there not expecting much (y'all are some liars lmao) It's really not as bad as some people made it out to be. However, I do have to agree with the fact that there are some issues with the display cabinet lighting and I found that to be very annoying. So, if you spot any pics that seem to be darker than others, you know why lol.
The Shoe Museum has the largest collection of historical footwear in the world. This includes Elton John's 'Tommy ' boots from the film pinball wizard, a signed pair of football boots by former England captain, David Beckham and more.
Below are photos from the two shoe galleries: Life and Sole/ Followers of fashion.
The Life and Sole gallery focuses on the history of shoe-making and contains a re-creation of an old shoe factory.
The Followers of fashion gallery focuses on the history of fashion in footwear throughout the centuries. This gallery even includes designs from the likes of Manolo Blahnik and Vivienne Westwood.
And that's not all there is, upstairs is an art gallery. But unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to explore that due to me going so late :( I'll have to go back at some point and have a lil nose.
I found the shoe museum to be really informative. I really enjoyed looking at all the shoes and seeing the trends that came and went.
For anyone interested in visiting the Northampton Shoe Museum, it's free admission and open Tues- Sat- 10am -5pm & Sun -12pm- 5pm