In the Yorkshire town of Wakefield in 1887 the National Coal Board was Wakefield’s largest employer, with 46 mines in the area. As mining became increasingly popular work in the town, a young William Lamb seized the opportunity to begin making quality clogs to protect the feet of the miners.
Clog making is a specialised craft. William made each clog from 4mm thick leather uppers, in a ribbed corduroy finish. The sole was nailed down to the upper with steel runners nailed onto the sole making it extremely hard wearing – the ideal shoe for miners.
William Lamb began as a small factory and as the clogs became increasingly popular the company also began supplying clogs to women in cotton mills.
During this time, the business grew to be Europe’s largest clog makers, producing 2000 pairs a week.