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We are Carréducker Ltd…bespoke shoemakers, designers and founders of ready to wear shoe company, Carréducker London.

We are helping to reignite British shoe manufacturing; combining our design experience with the specialist expertise of small artisanal manufacturers across England. Together we are producing stylish, comfortable and fit-for-purpose shoes and boots, sustainably.

We have decades of experience and industry knowledge...

...our work is in the permanent exhibition at the Design Museum, here in London.

The Design Museum London Photography: Gravity Road
The Design Museum London Photography: Gravity Road

 

 ...and we have two successful Kickstarter campaigns already under our belts for Winkers Resort Shoes and Barkan Desert Boots.

Winkers resort shoes made in Yorkshire
Winkers resort shoes made in Yorkshire

 

Barkan desert boots made in Suffolk
Barkan desert boots made in Suffolk

This time around, we set out to build an all-terrain, all-weather boot.

 

The Tor Boot is designed to see you through the toughest conditions, whether you are an urban adventurer or backwoods explorer; made on a generous fitting last, with a deep toe box, bellows tongue and fully lined in 100% wool upholstery felt.  

It is available in a choice of six leathers.

Higger Tor Boot in tan coloured Horween Double Horse Front leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Alabaster
Higger Tor Boot in tan coloured Horween Double Horse Front leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Alabaster

 

Wolfscote Tor Boot in hardwearing, peat-black grain calf leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Graphite
Wolfscote Tor Boot in hardwearing, peat-black grain calf leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Graphite

 

Wibben Tor boot in the mere-green, waxed calf leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Burnt Umber
Wibben Tor boot in the mere-green, waxed calf leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Burnt Umber

 

Calver Tor Boot in cowberry red, Horween Chromexcel leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Tawny
Calver Tor Boot in cowberry red, Horween Chromexcel leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Tawny

 

Bunster Tor Boot in scrub kudu leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Tawny
Bunster Tor Boot in scrub kudu leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Tawny
 

 

Foxlow Tor Boot in bone Tempesti veg-tanned calf leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Alabaster
Foxlow Tor Boot in bone Tempesti veg-tanned calf leather with 100% wool upholstery felt lining in Alabaster

 And two sole options.

Serac Sole
Serac Sole

 

Commando Sole
Commando Sole

The Carréducker Tor Boot will be available to buy online for £450 at carreducker.com in Spring 2018.

They come in UK sizes 4 to 13 (full sizes only, see Size Chart below)

British weather is legendary (no wonder we Brits talk about it all the time) and so it is no surprise that Britain has a great boot manufacturing heritage. Boots have helped shape our history - they've been worn by everyone from kings...

to revolutionaries...

punks...

to poets.

And they are still a strong part of the British landscape, both rural and urban. 

Our new boot will be made by a traditional work boot manufacturer and family business in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park…William Lennon & Co.   

The business was founded in 1899, making proper safety boots for working men, and operates from the most bucolic location…a centuries-old, converted corn mill with a bubbling stream tumbling into the mill pool where the waterwheel once turned.

The Peak District itself is an area renowned for its towering tors, verdant valleys, and ancient, dry stone walls… an area that demands performance boots for all weathers and terrains. That is why the Tor Boot is named after the Peak District’s rocky summits.

 

The boot's origins began on a research trip to Derbyshire some 18 months ago, when we were given access to the firm’s archive – foundry, tug-of-war, shepherd and WWII boots.

We came back excited to explore how we could bring our design skills to bear whilst preserving the iconic qualities of a William Lennon boot. 

There were aspects of the boots that we both immediately loved:

  • First off was the distinctive, brass screw rivet construction 
Brass screw rivets secure the sole
Brass screw rivets secure the sole
  • The toe spring and sturdy sole 
  • The double and triple parallel stitch lines 
  • The toe shapes and generous fit 

To really get a feel for them, we each road tested different styles to see what was practical for both country hikes AND urban streets.

 

And identified areas we wanted to change; refining the stitch length and the number of stitch rows; reinforcing the boot tug; focusing on the iconic brass rivet construction; adding rubber sticker soles and heels for extra grip; and softening the feel inside the boots. 

  • We decided a semi-sprung toe was ideal
  • We selected some of our favourite Tempesti and Horween leathers for the boot exteriors, which we know will age beautifully
  • We sourced 100% wool upholstery felt to create a really soft and comfortable interior, in complete contrast to the solid, performance exterior. Like leather, wool is one of the earliest materials used by man, with a proven track record. It has provided warmth to early explorers, protection for foundry workers and is breathable, soft and warm - so we knew it would be a great choice.
  • We decided to make a feature of the zigzag back seaming and used a contrast stitch on the felt linings
  • We love the contrast of metal on leather, so added antiqued rivets instead of stay stitches and pared back the stitching.

 

 Press knives were used to cut out the leather pieces... 

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The felt was carefully cut with a clicking knife and shears 

Then the uppers were stitched together 

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Stiffeners and toe puffs were fitted and the uppers were heated, pulled over the last using a special machine and glued and nailed in place. 

Then the sole was attached using the only machine of its kind in the country.  

This ancient industrial machine drives brass screw rivets through all thicknesses of leather to create impenetrable soles over 20mm thick. 

The result is a boot which is ruggedly handsome on the outside and soft and cosy on the inside. 

We have some enticing rewards including laces, socks, shoehorns, camel dubbin, and, of course, the Tor Boots themselves at great Kickstarter prices. We are offering free worldwide shipping on all rewards, so get tapping and pledge for yours today.

If you want multiple rewards, pledge the total amount and send us a message telling us the ones you want.

 

Our funding goal for this campaign is £18,000 and your money will help us achieve two things - to manufacture our first order of the Tor Boots and to support the best of British heritage bootmaking.

Tor Boots are unisex and come in full sizes from a UK4 to a UK13. 

  • So, if you are between sizes, say a UK 5.5 we suggest that you go for the size up, a UK6, and expect to wear thicker socks. 
  • Tors have a generously rounded toe shape and deep toe box, so there's lots of room for your tootsies.
  • They can be worn laced loosely and slightly open at the front; snugly closed with the felt overlapping; laced part way; or worn unlaced...whatever takes your fancy. 
Boot size guide
Boot size guide

Photo credit: James Ducker & Deborah Carre by Alun Callender

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We've worked in this industry for over 20 years, so we are confident that we know what the pitfalls are and how to overcome them.

Our main challenge is working with a small factory. We have been working with this factory for over a year to explore their capabilities, to ensure the best quality and to understand their team better, so that we can work together to get the boots delivered on time. We've booked ourselves into the production schedule and left a little wriggle room for our delivery deadline.

Delivery can also be a potential obstacle, but we are working with a tried and tested fulfilment company which ships shoes worldwide on a daily basis, so you will be in safe hands.

Fit is also a challenge with boots. We have worked hard to develop a last (the blocks the boots are made on) that gives the optimum fit and makes for comfy boots. But just in case your first choice doesn't work out, we will order enough boots in a variety of sizes to allow for returns so that you have a great pair of well fitting, stylish boots to wear.

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    A THANK YOU

    Feel warm and snuggly by helping us reach our funding goal and getting the Tor Boots made

    We will send you a postcard with a personalised thank you from James and Deborah

    And we will love you forever, of course.

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    BOOT LACES

    Oh shoot, my laces broke! Luckily I bought a super sturdy new pair from Carreducker. You know, the waxed ones they use in their amazing Tor Boots.

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    SOCKS

    Rock your Tor Boots with a pair Carreducker London socks in size medium (fits up to a UK 11).

    Six colour options available

    Designed and made in England in 70% wool and 30% nylon ...the ultimate socks for comfort and durability.

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    SHOEHORN

    Tired of being ticked off by your shoemaker for sticking your fingers into the back of your shoes to get them on?
    Fear not! We have the solution - a 10" Carreducker natural cow horn shoehorn in a presentation box.

    Also functions as a gift but we think you will want to keep it.

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    Camel Dubbin

    Rain on the way? Fear not!

    Waterproof your Tor Boots with this premium grade dubbin made from Australian camel hump fat - no, really! The fat is hand rendered and mixed with other natural ingredients to produce a pure and peerlessly effective product.
    It's fantastic stuff and a little goes a long way.

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    ONE PAIR OF TOR BOOTS

    Early birds get the boots!

    A pair of Carreducker London Tor Boots in UK sizes 4 to 13 (no half sizes)

    BUNSTER in scrub kudu leather
    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

    Full Price £450

    Made in England with a 100% wool felt lining; leather and felt footbed; and four sole choices

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    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

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    BUNSTER in scrub kudu leather
    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

    Full Price £450

    Made in England with a 100% wool felt lining; leather and felt footbed; and four sole choices

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    TWO PAIRS OF TOR BOOTS

    Two pairs of Carreducker London Tor Boots in UK sizes 4 to 13 (no half sizes)

    BUNSTER in scrub kudu leather
    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

    Made in England with a 100% wool felt lining; leather and felt footbed; and four sole choices

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    A pair of Carreducker London Tor Boots in UK sizes 4 to 13 (no half sizes).

    BUNSTER in scrub kudu leather
    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

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    THREE PAIRS OF TOR BOOTS

    Three pairs of Carreducker London Tor Boots in UK sizes 4 to 13 (no half sizes)

    BUNSTER in scrub kudu leather
    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

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    ALL SIX PAIRS OF TOR BOOTS

    All six pairs of Carreducker London Tor Boots in UK sizes 4 to 13 (no half sizes)

    BUNSTER in scrub kudu leather
    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

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    Made in England with a 100% wool felt lining; leather and felt footbed; and four sole choices

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    A BESPOKE PAIR OF TOR BOOTS

    A pair of completely unique bespoke Carreducker Tor Boots.

    Enjoy the bespoke experience and commission a pair of Tor Boots to be made for you.

    We will need to see you in person to take your measurements (unless you are an existing Carreducker Bespoke customer) and to choose the leather for your boot. You can choose from any of the existing colours in the range.

    We will make your personal handmade bespoke lasts with the Tor toe shape

    We will then see you again for a fitting, and when you are happy with the fit, we will make your very own Tor Boots on your bespoke lasts and in the factory in Derbyshire.

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    WEST END CARREDUCKER BESPOKE EXPERIENCE

    A pair of completely unique, bespoke Carreducker boots - any style, any colour, anything goes

    Enjoy the Carreducker Bespoke experience and commission a pair of unique bespoke boots to be made for you in the calf leather of your choice on your own handmade wooden lasts

    We will first need to see you in person to take your foot measurements (unless you are an existing Carreducker bespoke customer).

    We will guide through the design process and jointly come up with your ideal bespoke boot. This will include selecting your preferred leathers for the uppers and the lining

    Our skilled last maker will make your personal handmade bespoke lasts with the toe shape of your choice.

    We will then see you again for a fitting and, when you are happy with the fit, we will make your very own boots on your bespoke lasts in our workshop in London. Deborah or James will personally hand welt and stitch your boots

    The ultimate West End boot!

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    ONE PAIR OF TOR BOOTS

    Early birds get the boots!

    A pair of Carreducker London Tor Boots in UK sizes 4 to 13 (no half sizes)

    BUNSTER in scrub kudu leather
    FOXLOW in bone veg-tanned calf leather
    HIGGER in tan Horween double horse front leather
    CALVER in cowberry red Horween Chromexel calf
    WIBBEN in mere green waxed calf leather
    WOLFSCOTE in peat black grain calf leather

    Full Price £450

    Made in England with a 100% wool felt lining; leather and felt footbed; and four sole choices

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