Shoe of the Month-VE Day

VE Day

Seventy-five years ago, on 8 May 1945 Britain celebrated Victory in Europe

As they had done during World War One, Northamptonshire’s shoe factories during the Second World War were dedicated to manufacturing military footwear on a grand scale and for a wide range of military situations.

The war was not just fought on land and at sea, but also in arctic and tropical conditions, beneath the sea and in the desert. Women were also conscripted into roles that included non-combative jobs in the military. From 1941, Northamptonshire factories made shoes and boots for the WRENS (Women’s Royal Naval Service) and ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service),

Princess Elizabeth joined the ATS in February 1945 at the age of nineteen and reached the rank of junior commander. Northampton Museum has a replica of the brown leather lace-up shoes made for her as a 2nd subaltern in the ATS by Dawn Shoes, Northampton

Shoe of the Month-Shoe Designs

Shoe Designs

We have lots of hand painted or hand sketched shoe designs in the shoe collection.

Inspiration for shoe designs can come from anywhere. Shoe designers can combine inspiring influences with creativity, skills, passion, knowledge and sometimes improvisation to create their shoes. Designers can have very different approaches to the design process.

These designs are by Eunice Wilson a British shoe designer in the 1950s to 1970s who designed for companies such as such as Lotus Ltd., Dolcis, and C.J. Clark. She was also a consultant and fashion forecaster to shoe companies in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand

Shoe Designs

Shoe Designs