Our Story

1970’s

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN THE HEART OF THE COTSWOLDS

Cotswold shoes are named after one of England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds, where numerous golf courses are dotted around the landscape.  It’s no wonder that the Cotswold brand started off as a range of stylish, comfortable golf shoes.
In 1976, the brand was born.

 

1980’s

OUTSTANDING WATERPROOF PROTECTION

Cotswold golf shoes became highly popular, becoming the must-wear brand for amateur and professional golfers around the world.  The shoes combined stylish design on the outside with total protection from moisture on the inside.  These shoes not only mastered dryness, but had replaceable spikes giving a secure stance for any keen player.

 

1990’s

BEST IN BRITISH COUNTRY FASHION

The 90’s brought in an element of fun into the style with uppers showing a mix of suede and leather, all treated to repel water.  This was an era of sharp, distinguished, sleek yet simple looks for footwear.  Bold monochrome styles gave authority yet still embellished the softness of a smart, country brogue.  It was not long before a lifestyle range of Cotswold shoes was born.

 

2000’s

ICONIC FOR BRITISH FESTIVALS

With its wide landscapes and open fields, the southwest has always been the place to go for live music and festivals, and if you’ve ever been to one, you will know that wellingtons are an essential accessory to pack.  In 2005, Glastonbury Festival famously had six hours of uninterrupted rain and spectacular thunderstorms!  Cotswold came to the rescue of muddy festival goers arriving at the site in Pilton, Somerset with 1,000’s of wellington boots.  Since that time, the Cotswold wellington has been a fun favourite festival welly for the whole family.

 

2010’s

DISCOVERING THE BEAUTY OF THE COTSWOLDS

With its famously vast landscapes filled with beautiful rolling hills and hidden trails for the whole family plus pet dog to explore and discover, there became a clear opportunity for the Cotswold brand to develop its own range of waterproof hiking and walking boots and shoes.  The brand now hosts a varied range of hill and trail hikers as well as classic leather walking shoes ideal for casual hiking or dog walking through to longer distances and backpacking.

 

2017

SUPPORTING THE LOCAL AREA

Around forty employees of Cotswold Shoes walked 15 miles in the Cotswold to raise money and awareness of Cotswold-based charity, the Hollie Gazzard Trust.  The Trust helps to reduce domestic violence through creating and delivering programmes on domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships to schools and colleges.  The Trust has also created the Hollie Guard app which aims to protect lone walkers by turning your smartphone into a personal safety device.  For more information visit: https://holliegazzard.org/

 

TODAY

FOR EVERY WALK IN LIFE

Today, Cotswold has an impressive portfolio of Lifestyle, Hiking, Wellington and Slipper styles suited for the way of life of people living in the beatiful Cotswold’s area, for every walk in life.

 

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