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Kinky boots

The Kinky Boots film is based on the story of Steve Pateman, who followed in the footsteps of four generations of his family at W.J Brooks, Earls Barton.

By 1993 the demand for traditional men’s brogues had declined. Steve feared he had no option but to close the factory. Then came the telephone call asking him if he could make women’s boots in men’s sizes for cross-dressers. He was able to diversify and successfully sold glamour footwear in large sizes.

These mock ponyskin and leather boots were made by Fantasy Shoes, London in 2004 as props for the film. They are an amazing pair, but are not as robust as the pairs Steve made to wear.

The kinky boots are on display in the curved case in the shoe gallery.