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Denton’s Footwear


Following in the family’s footwear footsteps


A new luxury men’s footwear brand has launched in Northamptonshire. Denton’s Footwear was founded in December


2019 by Camilla Denton but, even though the busi- ness is new, there is 180 years of Northamptonshire shoe history running through Camilla’s veins. Way back in 1840, Benjamin Denton made


men’s footwear and, after producing all his foot- wear by hand, introduced the revolutionary factory


system to produce more pairs. In 1867, Benjamin’s son George took over the family business. He was one of the first to purchase a labour saving ma- chine which we now know as the Blake Sewer. Tis machine quickly attaches the shoe upper to the sole. Te company progressed and diversified and during the First World War made military boots. In 1944, George Denton’s son - also George - intro- duced safety toe caps. George secured the rights for the patent of steel toe caps and safety footwear manufacture was born in Northamptonshire. Meanwhile, in 1920, identical twin brothers Jack


and Bill Denton returned from the First World War and started DB Shoes Ltd, which still operates in Rushden today and, at its height, was producing 30,000 pairs of shoes each week. In 1970, Camilla’s


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