The Denton family - making shoes since 1846
1920s - 1960s
1970s - 1990s
2000 - TODAY
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
THE TRADITION BEGINS
George Denton starts in the leather processing industry, and is described in the 1841 census as a currier.
THE SHOE MAKERS
Benjamin Denton established as a currier and shoe factor.
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.
WILKINS & DENTON
Son George joins with Mr. Wilkin of London to supply the British army with boots.
1914 - 18
FIRST WORLD WAR
Identical twins Jack and Bill Denton go to war.
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.
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
DENBROS LTD CHANGES NAME TO DB SHOES LTD
DB and Easy B registered
DB and Easy B registered as trademarks.
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.
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.
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.
DB SHOES WINS THE COMFORT/WELLNESS BRAND OF THE YEAR
DB Shoes Ltd wins the award for the Comfort/Wellness Brand of the year at the 2017 Footwear Industry Awards ceremony.
DB SHOES WINS THE COMFORT/WELLNESS BRAND OF THE YEAR FOR THE SECOND TIME
DB Shoes Ltd wins the award for the Comfort/Wellness Brand of the year for the second time at the 2019 Footwear Industry Awards ceremony.
DB Shoes Ltd is now established as the leading UK manufacturer of stylish wide fitting shoes exporting to many countries throughout the world.
THE PERFECT FIT FOR WIDER FEET
THE TRADITION CONTINUES
DB Shoes is the longest established polyurethane injection moulding shoe factory in the world, exporting more than 20% of its production.
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.
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Our shoes are made by experienced craftsmen using a mixture of traditional skills and the latest robotic technology. They are made to last!
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