One of Bristol’s biggest employers in the early 1900s was the footwear industry, making heavy working boots. After World War II, local company G B Britton introduced the moulded work boot, a design that was easier and cheaper to make. Their Tuf boot and Everyday shoe came to dominate the market and Britton’s became one of the six biggest footwear-makers in the UK. However their factories closed in 2001 after cheaper imports had gradually taken over the market.

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