Would you run a marathon in leather brogues? And would your leather brogues stand up to such a challenge?
I have absolutely no desire to run a marathon. Never mind running one in my smart shoes. But that is exactly what Paul Bennett from Thomas Partridge did in his. He wanted to show people, in the best way possible, just how well made their shoes are.
Sure, he got blisters just like every other runner but take a look at the shoes after putting in the miles of training and racing! He completed the London marathon in an impressive 3.24 – before you start feeling completely inadequate, Paul is an experienced hardcore runner, with ultra-marathons under his belt. Or rather shoes.
The Thomas Partridge brand has a long history of dedication, resilience and tenacity. Started by two brothers, their shoes were made here in the UK and they specialised in producing the Army Boot for both World Wars. Unfortunately, the brothers were more interested in womanising and drinking than fulfilling the potential of their business.
So in walked Mr Jeffery. A manager in the factory, he recognised the potential and raised the funds necessary from wherever he could, to buy the factory and keep it open, saving many workers from redundancy and poverty.
Fast forward to today and Winchester based Paul and Zoe decided to relaunch the Thomas Partridge brand, keeping its military roots but adding a modern style that is proving to be a winning combination. Each pair of Thomas Partridge shoes are versatile, supremely comfortable and of course, made to last, as Paul proved with his marathon.
I don’t expect you to run a marathon in these shoes but if you have to run for the train occasionally?
You’ll know your shoes will get you there in style.
So which pair will you choose? Click here to see our range of Thomas Partridge shoes available right now.
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