The word cordwainer comes from the Spanish 'cordovaner', a worker of cordovan leather from Cordoba. 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.
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.