Hotter Shoes

Renowned for their commitment to comfort, Hotter are one of the UKs leading footwear brands. Hotter create all their designs and shoes from their factory in Lancashire, the biggest shoe factory in Britain.

Established in 1959 by Thomas and Harriet Houlgrave, Hotter started out as Beaconsfield footwear, a manufacturer of slippers. Cut to 1992 and the Hotter 'comfort concept' is born along with the Hotter we know and love today. Now owned by Stewart Houlgrave, the son of Harriet and Thomas, Hotter is going from strength to strength with outlets world-wide.

Hotter combine a passion for comfort and style with nearly 60 years of shoe knowledge. Their 'comfort concept' technology combines supportive and flexible soles with millions of tiny air bubbles in to cushion your feet. They use naturally breathable leathers and linings and ensure that there are no rough seams to rub or cause discomfort. Hotter also use a soft padding to cradle your feet while the extra added depth in Hotter shoes, along with the extra wide fittings and half sizes, ensure that there really is something for everyone.

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Hotter History

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 £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.

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Hotter Shoes Technology

Hotter use a multitude of different techniques and technologies to ensure their shoes are comfortable and utterly wearable.

Their pyramid technology uses air cushioning hidden under the ball of the feet to absorb impact as you walk, a pyramid shape of foam contracts and traps air as you walk, creating a cushioned effect. Pair this with their pillow soft under-heel cushioning, with padded insoles, collars and tongues, Hotter shoes are a dream for your feet.
Differing width fittings are also available with slim, wide, EEE and half sizes as well. Hotter consider the perfectly fitting shoe to be a necessity rather than a luxury and their range of fittings help to accommodate every foot.
Their stretch zips do as their name indicates, allowing for swelling or differing fits to ensure perfect comfort.
Hotter also use dual insoles in some of their shoes to allow for increased width fittings and ensuring that there is a pair for everyone.

They use specially designed, light sole units to make you feel like you're walking on a cloud... bliss!
And last but not least, Hotter use a 'flexi grooved' sole which moves with your feet to allow you to move naturally and freely.

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