Bespoke shoemakers since 1857

James Taylor & Son is a leading British bespoke shoemaker, established in 1857. We make a wide range of fully bespoke footwear, ranging from fashionable shoes and boots, through to complex orthopaedic footwear for all types of foot condition.

We are a small, very long established business that is absolutely dedicated to the design and making of beautiful, classic shoes that are incredibly comfortable to wear. Our staff are some of the most experienced and talented in the industry, we use the best materials that money can buy, and we make shoes that fit perfectly and look beautiful.

All our shoes are made in our Paddington Street premises in the heart of London and we are one of four of the only remaining West End Master Bootmakers. But we are also comfortable with technology and we use the world's most advanced 3D foot scanning and CAD/CAM system, so we can design absolutely perfect shoe lasts and orthotics to fit your feet.

As well as bespoke, we offer our own range of very high quality, classic ready-to-wear shoes and also the Finn Comfort footwear that are ideal for the fitting of custom orthotics. We also offer a full repair service for all types of footwear including, of course, our own. We have an excellent reputation for handling all types of repair and alteration work, and we can extend the life of your shoes and boots almost indefinitely.



In 1857, in the time of Florence Nightingale's transformation of healthcare, James Taylor walked to London from his home in Norfolk to start a business in the fashionable Great Portland Street. By the late 19th century James Taylor had established a reputation for making classic shoes that not only looked beautiful, but were incredibly comfortable to wear.

Customers at that time included much of the Royalty of the countries of Europe as well as the Principals of the then newly established department stores in Oxford Street.

The firm was later run by his son, and then two grandsons until 1950 when the company merged with the Orthopaedic Footwear Company Limited under the directorship of Hannes Leo Schweiger. In 1954 the company moved to its current location in Paddington Street, conveniently located near Baker Street tube station.

The craftsmanship and tradition which made the James Taylor name famous continues today. And thanks to a major investment in technology and expertise by its current owner and managing director, Steve Robinson, our 19th century tradition has been enhanced by a 21st century approach to fit, design and customer service.


James Taylor's famous customers past and present make an impressive list.
Lord Butler (RAB)
Robert Stephens
Jack Warner
Jessie Norman
Prince Galiltzine
Lord Mancroft
Robert Bolt
Bob Hope
T. D. Barclay
Robin Leigh Pemberton
Lord Gilmore
Mrs. P. L. Travers
Enoch Powell
Sandy Gall
Peter Lewis
Marjorie Proops
Meredith Davis
Cardinal Basil Hume
Richart Siefert
Ronnie Corbett
Matthew Kelly
Lord Patrick Beresford
Sir Peter Saunders
Sir Kenneth Macmillan
Dorothy Simpson
Cecil Parkinson
Lord Snowdon
Lord Goddard
David Graham
Illinois Jaquet
Steve Winwood
Toni Morrison
Michael Winner
Brian Eastman
Sir Samuel Brittan
Paul Getty
Many clients' lasts
Robert, shoemaking


Our team at James Taylor & Son are all specialists in the field of shoemaking, some of whom have been with us for over 30 years.  Their individual skills include all the key shoemaking functions such as last making, pattern design, clicking, closing and making.  We also have two fully trained orthopaedic shoemakers to supervise the design and construction of custom orthotics and orthopaedic shoes.

Each pair of shoes made by James Taylor & Son is worked on by at least five different craftsmen, in order to achieve the exact fit and style that you require.  It is a uniquely skilled process and one that has barely changed in over 150 years.