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.
Norman Walsh Athletic Footwear
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.
- Year Established: 1961
- Web site: Norman Walsh Footwear