yesterday I picked up my new boots from William Lennon and son. Well I picked them up from Libs, William Lennon’s great grand daughter actually. I am really pleased with them. They feel a perfect match for my made in Wales Hiut jeans. Both are stiff and tough and will take a while to wear in but will then give years of hard service. You can keep your mamby pamby stone washed super soft jeans and your disposable sweatshop made footwear. This outfit may cost more but it will last longer. Boots £150, jeans £120, I am willing to bet both with last 3-5 times longer than the disposable equivalents not least because I will care more about them and they will get repaired rather than thrown away at the first sign of wear. So in 5 years time I will have supported quite a few meaningful British jobs and avoided 3 pairs of cheap boots and jeans going to landfill.
You can see a tour of the workshops bootmakers here
I am no fashionista but I think they have a pleasingly retro look together, not far off from Ian Dury’s look on the iconic “New Boots and Panties” album cover