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D B Shoes Ltd
'Denbros' brand
The company was founded by twins Jack & Bill Denton. The first factory they managed was at Irchester in about 1913, for their father's company B Denton & Sons.

Rushden Echo and Argus, 25th May 1947, transcribed by Kay Collins

Trade Move
Messrs. Denton Bros., boot manufacturers, are removing their business from Irchester to Rushden, where they have acquired the factory formerly occupied by E. Claridge and Sons. The transfer, which commences this week, facilitates reorganisation and extension. Mr. H. J. Perkins, for many years with Messrs. B. Denton and Sons Ltd., has been appointed manager.

By 1936 they had moved to the old E Claridge factory, in Rectory Road, where DB Shoes flourished. In 1941 they added an air-raid shelter at the back of the property to accommodate 120 workers.

c1960s
D B Shoes factory c1960s

The present company is now run by a third generation of the family; identical twins Charles and David Denton. It is best known comfort and quality, specialising in wider fit. The factory operation has moved to Irchester Road and much of their manufacturing is now at "partner factories" abroad. At Rushden there is some manufacture, and research and development means they are keeping up with the latest trends. A shop is attached to the factory where feet can be measured to ensure a perfect fit of the shoes.

D B Shoes are now under the new title "Wider Fit Shoes Ltd".


Ladies' "Easy B's" c1970s.
Purchased from their factory shop, in Albert Road. Many of the factories in Rushden at this time were offering "reject" or end of line shoes at much
reduced prices.

Men's "Easy B's" c1970s

an insole 1990s

Closing room staff at DB Shoes in 1977 when the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee
Far left: Mrs Joyce Layram.
Front: in white smock is the Forewoman Violet - , ?, ?, Gwen Lovell, Hetty Koller, Hilda - .



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