It’s amazing how much we don’t know — especially people who think they “know it all.” We like to think we’re pretty informed, but it’s always a humbling experience to learn new things. The more we dig into the fabrics we use and the factories we partner with, the more we learn about the rich history of the relationships between strong brands and the manufacturers behind them.
That brings us to Solovair. Founded in Northamptonshire, England in 1881, the shoe manufacturer known as the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS for short). Their knowledge of shoemaking goes back much further — all the way back to the 18th century. It’s no wonder why they’ve also made shoes for George Cox, Grinders, and Tredair among many others. For 35 years NPS Shoes produced Solovair (Sole-of-Air) boots and shoes under license, which were sold under the name ‘Dr Martens by Solovair’.
Solovair footwear has been made since the 1960’s, but when the brand was trademarked in 1995 it became a go-to for purists and independent punk shops in neighborhoods like Camden. Still made on the same lasts, leather cutters, and machines used to make their original boots and shoes, Solovair’s soft sole suspension shoes carry that history of consistent quality in each step. We are beyond proud to announce our exclusive collaboration with Solovair.