John Ives, now in it's seventh generation in line from Walter Henry Ives, is one of the oldest family shoe businesses in England.
In the 1700's, the Ives Family were curriers in Cratfield, near Halesworth, Suffolk. In 1864, Walter Henry Ives established his curriers business and then started manufacturing boots for the wholesale trade whilst his brother Charles was making boots and shoes for direct sale.The factory invested in new machinery and by 1913 was producing 400 pairs of shoes a week exclusively for Curl Bros in Norwich, Norfolk. The factory was closed in 1925 as the family developed into shoe retail.
By 1930, three Ives brothers, Herbert, Jack and Jim had shoe shops in Leiston, Halesworth, Diss, Bury St. Edmunds and Littleport. John Ives today, is still a family affair, brother and sister duo - David & Fay who between them have 70 years of service to the business, takeover from the founder of the business; their late father John.
Fay, David & their dedicated staff continue to provide top quality footwear and accessories together with their famous friendly and knowledgeable service to all customers...see you soon in Woodbridge!