Unforgettable encounters on the South Downs
Here Kev Reynolds, prolific chronicler of the outdoors from the Himalaya to what he calls his own ‘Kentish Alps’, and author of two Cicerone walking guides to the South Downs, shares three precious moments from many years of walking through his local landscape.
Copyright: Kev Reynolds
Meindl Factory Visit
I was lucky enough to go to meet the Meindls and visit the Meindl UK Ltd factory. And what a place it is. Would you believe that someone with the Meindl name has been making boots in the same Bavarian town for 300 years now! That's what I call a family tradition. And they still have that passion for making high quality boots and shoes and keeping the brand rooted to its Bavarian heritage.
This factory is the perfect blend of old meets new, you have old machines no longer produced, being used for classic double stitch boots and a new state of the art warehouse distribution centre. And 3rd and 4th generation shoemakers alongside the new shoe maker apprentices looking to continue the town's history.
Below are some pictures and info on the factoryRead Article
Did you know Meindl make large sizes?
Incredible to believe, but this picture shows a Meindl Rapide shoe in size UK 15 alongside a much smaller size 5 from our northern representative, Amanda.Read Article
The Long View
The Long View is a great example. This elegant and open-ended project takes as its starting point a deceptively simple concept: seven lone trees in disparate locations, standing initially for nothing very much and nowhere in particular, but eventually interconnecting with everywhere and everything.Read Article
Mike goes back to the boot room
Mike from Meindl UK spent some time on the shop floor at Taunton Leisure at their Taunton shop. Mike has over 20 years experience of footwear, but it has been 10 years since he last worked in a shops boot room.Read Article