John Ives Footwear 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 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, son of Herbert, continuing in the family business opened shops in Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Colchester.
Today John Ives Footwear trades from Woodbridge and remains a family affair with brother and sister David & Fay, who have between them 70 years of service to the business, taking over the business from their late father John.
Please come and visit us in Woodbridge where David, Fay & their dedicated team continue to provide top quality footwear and accessories together with their famous friendly and knowledgeable service to all customers, be it in-store or online.
We look forward to seeing you.
David, Fay and the John Ives team