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W. J. French & Son

Muddy says: With over 200 years of shoe knowledge under its laces W.J. French & Son of Southampton know a thing or ten about the perfect pump.

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Shoes – we absolutely love ’em here at Muddy (so much so, we’re named after some!) and one of the best places to get yourself fitted for a new pair of footwear in Hampshire is W. J.French & Son of Southampton.

Not only does it have a vast range of shoes, boots and other footwear for all ages and tastes, but they’ve been going since 1803 with eight (Yes, EIGHT!) generations of the same family running the show. They really do have soles in their souls. And the whole place is wonderfully nostalgic – complete with leather chairs, wooden fixtures and original signage.

With brands like Birkenstock, Superga and Emu and more, you can also benefit from getting expert fitting, repairs (so you can save your absolute favourites from the scrapheap) plus free next working day delivery from the site.

Now, where’s my credit card…

1 comment on “W. J. French & Son”

  • Victoria Blacktopp June 30, 2019

    Frenches is the only place I go to get my daughter’s shoes. We have tried so many other shops but because my daughter has orthotic insoles because of problems with her feet most she’s do not cater for the different depths we need to accommodate this.
    Although it still takes a while and the staff usually spend a good hour going back and forth with different shoes, they have never made us feel uncomfortable or awquard and we have always come away with something that fits and fits well!! Looking after our children’s feet is really important and I wouldn’t like to trust it to any where else!!
    Congratulations to all the staff very well deserved ❤️


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