Norwich Boot and Shoe Industry

Boot & Shoe Workers

We are at the very beginning of this project. Did you work in a shoe factory or did a relative/friend work in one If you can help please contact frances@cringleford.com. We have listed some of the jobs below but need to find out much more

The Manufacture of Shoes

In the 1960s various changes were being effected. In particular:

  1. New materials : coloured leathers and greater use of plastic for both soles and lasts
  2. New more accurate press knives were used to cut soles & insoles to and exact shape (rather than completing the job in the press & preparing room) The new ‘unified’ or ‘prefinishing’ process produced a complete sole unit already attached to a heel
  3. Moving transporters and conveyor belts replaced trolleys
  4. Hot air settings plants – reduced the time shoes remained on the lasts and reduced the number of lasts needed.
  5. Sewing on the sole became rare – replaced almost universally by cementing – which produced a lighter more flexible shoe