A True British Athletic Company est. 1961
Walsh shoes is Britain’s only wholly owned designed and manufactured sports footwear company.Norman Walsh began making athletic footwear upon leaving school in 1945 at the age of fourteen, serving his apprenticeship at Bolton based Foster Bros Footwear, where he became a master craftsman. Mr Foster was the grandfather of Joe and Jeff Foster who both went on and founded “Reebok”. Norman’s skill was recognised early by Mr Foster which led him to become responsible for the professional athletic customers. In 1948 he made many of the shoes worn by the British Olympic team. His name became known by many top professional athletes around the world and in 1961 he founded Norman Walsh Footwear.
Throughout the 60’s Norman Walsh continued to manufacture all types of sports shoes all handcrafted and made for his individual customer needs running shoes , rugby boots and cricket boots being his speciality. By the early 70s, Norman decided to ‘go off-road’ and designed his first fell-running shoe. With a soft, flexible upper and a tough sole, they where used by Sir Chris Bonington to make the first ascent of the notoriously tough Mt. Kongur in China. The PB Trainer is the bestselling Fell-running shoe of all time and still a market leader today. Norman Walsh footwear continues to manufacture all kinds of athletic shoes and casual leisure footwear and sells its products throughout the world.