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Our History

The Denton family - making shoes since 1846

1920s - 1960s

Jack Denton
Jack Denton
Bill Denton
Bill Denton

1970s - 1990s

Hugh Denton
Hugh Denton
John Denton
John Denton

2000 - TODAY

David Denton
David Denton
Charles Denton
Charles Denton

Footwear is in our blood! Our footwear roots can be traced back to 1841. DB Shoes Ltd was founded in 1920 in Northamptonshire, after our grandfather and his identical twin brother returned from the 1st World War and started DB Shoes Ltd.

Today, we are best known for our manufacture of comfortable, quality footwear in a variety of extra wide fittings. Indeed, no other British company offers a greater range of fittings for wider feet.

Our Footwear Heritage

1841

THE TRADITION BEGINS

George Denton starts in the leather processing industry, and is described in the 1841 census as a currier.

1841: THE TRADITION BEGINS

1846

THE SHOE MAKERS

Benjamin Denton established as a currier and shoe factor.

1846: THE SHOE MAKERS

1867

MECHANISATION

B Denton and Sons install a Blakes sewing machine - the first of its kind in the UK and the start of the industrialization of footwear manufacture with people moving from small workshops to mechanized factories.

1867 - MECHANISATION

1873

WILKINS & DENTON

Son George joins with Mr. Wilkin of London to supply the British army with boots.

1873: WILKINS & DENTON

1914 - 18

FIRST WORLD WAR

Identical twins Jack and Bill Denton go to war.

1914 - 18: FIRST WORLD WAR

1920

DENBROS LTD IS FOUNDED

After returning from the First World War, Jack and Bill Denton launch Denbros Ltd.

1939 - 45

SUPPORTING THE WAR EFFORT

The company supplies 1.5 million pairs of boots to the front.

1939 - 45: SUPPORTING THE WAR EFFORT

1944

STEEL TOE CAPS ARE BORN

Wilkin & Denton secure the rights to manufacture and distribute footwear with steel toe caps (invented by American Arthur Williams and company). This company develops the "Totectors" brand of safety footwear

1960s

DENBROS LTD CHANGES NAME TO DB SHOES LTD

1970s

DB and Easy B registered

DB and Easy B registered as trademarks.

1970s: DB AND EASY B REGISTERED

1970s

A TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH

DB Shoes were the first factory outside the Clarks group to be permitted to use polyurethane injection moulding technology, transforming production methods.

DB Shoes continues to use this technology, making it the longest established polyurethane injection moulding operation in the world.

Air Bubble Technology 1970s: A TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH

1997

A CHANGE OF DIRECTION

Charles and David Denton, also identical twins, buy out the other shareholders and start the process of transforming DB Shoes from a loss making business into the successful business that it is today.

David Denton
David Denton
Charles Denton
Charles Denton

2004

INVESTING IN WIDE FITTING SHOES

Wider Fit Shoes Ltd started selling DB shoes direct to the consumer via mail order and the internet.

BCC NATIONAL AWARD

The brothers win the outstanding business achievement award for rescuing DB Shoes and creating Wider Fit Shoes.

2004: INVESTING IN WIDE FITTING SHOES

TODAY

DB Shoes Ltd is now established as the leading UK manufacturer of stylish wide fitting shoes exporting to many countries throughout the world.

TODAY

THE PERFECT FIT FOR WIDER FEET

Our shoes offer style and comfort without sacrificing foot health. These wide fittings are not available 'off the shelf' from any other catalogue.

THE TRADITION CONTINUES

DB Shoes is the longest established polyurethane injection moulding shoe factory in the world, exporting more than 20% of its production.

Wider Fit Shoes Shoes Made in England

RUSHDEN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

In the heart of the shoe industry, Rushden has been our home since 1946. We are proud to offer shoes Made in England, and to support our local community.

Expert Shoe Manufacturing Process

EXPERT MANUFACTURE Video >

Our shoes are made by experienced craftsmen using a mixture of traditional skills and the latest robotic technology. They are made to last!

DB Easy B Logo

THE DB MARK OF QUALITY

Look out for the Denton Brothers (DB), Easy B or Da Bella logos in your local stores, which denotes a shoe designed and manufactured by us or one of our partner factories - your assurance of a top quality product

HEALTHY FOOTWEAR SYMBOL

Look for this symbol which denotes 'healthy shoes' as recommended by the Healthy Footwear Guide.

Buy online www.widerfitshoes.co.uk or or call us to order on 01933 311 077. To find your nearest stockist, visit www.widerfitshoes.co.uk or call us on 01933 311 077