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Norman Walsh

Bolton, UK 14th October 15

Norman Walsh already had 16 years’ experience under his belt before starting his eponymous footwear company in 1961 at age 30, having demonstrated a clear aptitude for athletic footwear during his apprenticeship.

Norman's name became known to professional athletes around the work when he made many of the shoes worn by the 1948 British Olympic team.  The business remains in Bolton to this day, designing and manufacturing a range of performance and casual trainers based on classic designs from the company's extensive archive.

Staffed with passionate people who believe in the importance of making a quality product, the Norman Walsh factory embodies all that we love about British manufacturing.  We're embargoed from showing you some of their 2016 designs but suffice it to say, they're doing some interesting things with materials that you wouldn't normally expect to see in a training shoe.

We've done a neat line in smart footwear for the last couple of years but one of the most common requests at Ginetta is for a smart, casual trainer that works well as a driving shoe; think thin sole, tasteful colour palette, comfort and durability.  It was therefore only a matter of time before we heel / toe'd our way to Norman Walsh to have a conversation with them about this very subject and start work on a prototype, which we'll share with you in due course.