We began back in 2010, founded by Feroza and Steffan, friends and work colleagues both looking to create a contemporary footwear brand with personality whilst maintaining our ethical beliefs.
Since then we've travelled all over the world, from stunning Italy to vibrant India, visiting manufacturers, exhibiting at international trade fairs and exploring what the world has to offer in the area of shoe making. During our travels we discovered the vast and vibrant world of speciality coffee and that’s where our love for it started.
We opened our first retail store in 2015 but wanted to set ourselves apart and so decided to combine two of our passions, coffee and shoes - to create an experience by bringing a slice of our travels to our customers. Working closely with a local roaster we created our unique blend of coffee, which was reminiscent of our time travelling the world. From the moment our doors opened in the fashionable Clarendon Park area of Leicester we have been a focal point of the city, gaining loyal local custom whilst also bringing in visitors from all over the country and the world.
We now have more control over the sourcing and roasting process. Due to the ever increasing demand for our coffee, both in our stores and at home, we now roast in house for our stores and e-commerce customers along with our network of business partners. We’ll always continue to experiment and try new varieties to deliver fresh interest to our customers at the same quality and value they rightfully expect from Northern Cobbler.
Our Objectives & Values
No business venture has a direct road map to success and we've taken various paths to reach the point at which we are today however our objective and mission statement have always remained the same: to provide the best quality coffee and shoes to our customers - and to do it the right way. This all started as a passion project, combining our love of coffee and shoes and we never want to lose sight of that. Every step of our journey has been driven by passion and by how much we enjoy what we do. If we’re not enjoying what we’re doing then we’re doing it wrong.
Our core values are built around integrity (doing the right thing when nobody else is looking). Whether this be using ethically sourced green beans or recycled rubber soles, using compostable and recyclable packaging to minimise waste or repurposing the chaff produced during the coffee roasting process for composting. Whatever it is, you can be certain we'll continue to strive to do the right thing.
Ethics & Sustainability
Ethical and sustainable are words that are now used all the time, especially in the coffee and fashion industry. Whilst travelling we have seen the effects of and therefore, the necessity for ethical and sustainable sourcing and manufacturing practices both in coffee and fashion to preserve our environment and do our bit.
That’s why we have taken measures to ensure we operate sustainably and ethically at all levels of our business. From using responsibly sourced coffee beans to undertaking ethical audits annually at our footwear factory in India. Finally packaging and shipping our shoes and coffee with as little waste and environmental impact as possible.
This is a promise that we make to our customers and an ethos that we will never change.