Founded nearly 60 years ago, Hotter are still a family owned business from the UK. Based where the firm originated in Lancashire, Hotter remain true to their roots with everything coming from their one main hub. Thomas and Harriet Houlgrave started making slippers in 1959 after Thomas Houlgrave left his job with the Skelmersdale shoe company to set up Beaconsfield footwear with his wife.
In 1992, Stewart Houlgrave, the son of Thomas and Harriet, discovered the shock absorbing and comfort qualities of polyurethane along with its lightness and the idea for the 'comfort concept' along with Hotter shoes was born. Having converted one of their shoe making machines, Hotter started to create their iconic shoes.
Skip forwards to 1997, Hotter buy their first DESMA machine and demand for Hotter shoes goes through the roof. In 1999, Hotter start selling shoes through garden centres after Stewart Houlgrave visits one on a busy Saturday and realised how lucrative it could be, until now they were a mail order company.
Hotter's first store opens in 2002 in Southport with the support of their Calendar girls who posed nude bar a pair of Hotter shoes for a calendar which raised money for Leukaemia research. 2003 sees the opening of Hotter's new 6 million pound factory, be biggest shoe factory opening since the 1970s.
In 2005, Hotter start doing factory tours which are incredibly popular. They used living statues to advertise both their footwear and its comfort at a footwear event. 2007 sees the introduction of Â£500,000 of robotic lines in the factory, boosting production to over 1.3 million pairs a year!
To celebrate their 50th year, Hotter launch their first ever TV advert and their website gets a revamp. Since 2010, Hotter have expanded opening over 50 stores across Britain as well as having outlets worldwide.
In 2015, Hotter were awarded a Queens award for Enterprise and are named the UK's manufacturer of the year, culminating in a visit to Buckingham Palace. Hotter now work with a few carefully selected partners for new ventures, like their selection of heels. These partners create world class products and work closely with Hotter to meet their exacting standards.