The Cordwainer

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.  

Our expertise


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.

Our Commitment


We would not exist if our clients did not believe in us as a team, they ensure we try our best to provide the best styles, materials, services and finished shoes that we can.  Each new client presents us with different challenges which we need to meet, but we are committed to overcoming the challenges so that we provide shoes which will really make a difference.
Without you, our clients, we would not be here. 


Bespoke and Orthopaedic Shoemaker

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Unit 8 Brough Business Centre



S33 9HG

Tel:  01433 621623


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