The word cordwainer comes from the Spanish 'cordovaner', a worker of cordovan leather from Cordoba, Andulucia in southern Spain. It is thought the word had Moorish origins from the time of their occupation of the region.
In most of northern Europe the Germanic word skomaker was widely used, hence the English use of the word shoemaker.
Our short history
The Cordwainer celebrated twenty years of shoemaking 2016, having helped hundreds of clients receive the shoes they need.
Our first workshops were based in Prescot, |Merseyside but in 2001 we relocated to Leigh in Lancashire where we established ourselves as one of the top orthopaedic shoemaking businesses in the UK.
In 2010 we moved to our present workshop in the heart of the Peak District national park, roughly midway between Sheffield and Manchester.
There are only a handful of shoemakers left in the UK with the skill and experience required to make shoes and boots for people with severe foot problems. We are trying to ensure our staff gain all the experience they need to to ensure we can continue to offer the service we provide today.