John Ives Footwear now in it's seventh generation 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.
Ives Shop in Bridge Street, Halesworth
The factory invested in new machinery and by 1913 were 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.
Ives Shoe Shop C1889-1899 - 8 Thoroughfare, Halesworth
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.
Ives Shoe Shop post 1901, 13 Bridge Street, Halesworth
Today John Ives Footwear trades from Woodbridge and remains a family affair with brother and sister David & Fay, who between them have 70 years of service, taking over the business from their late father John.
29 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Please come and visit us in Woodbridge where we continue to provide top quality footwear and accessories together with our friendly and knowledgeable service.
We look forward to seeing you
David, Fay and the John Ives team