British shoe specialist Sanders is something of an institution in England’s shoe mecca of Northamptonshire. With roots dating back as far as 1873, it is safe to say that they know a thing or two about the manufacture of high-quality, handmade shoes.
Sanders & Sanders Ltd., or Sander Bros. as it was originally known, was founded in 1873 by brothers William and Thomas Sanders of Rushden, Northamptonshire. William Sanders began his career as a shoemaker’s apprentice before finding work as a clicker in London. In 1871, he returned to his hometown of Rushden to realise his long-held dream of establishing a shoemaking business together with his brother. The Sanders workshop opened its doors in 1873, at the same Spencer Road premises where it remains to this day.