About us


The company was established in 1857 and currently has over 100 branches throughout the UK. The company has expanded into most of the key retail outlets as well as high profile units within London.


Jones Bootmaker always endeavours to provide customers with both quality products and services, and prides itself in offering the highest level of in-store customer service. Our customers are important to us and we aim to offer every customer the very highest level of care and attention. This doesn't stop once a sale is made, our after sales care is second to none.


Jones Bootmaker recognises the value of our employees in providing the successful long-term development of our business. We endeavour to provide a happy working environment for all of our employees.


In October 2015, Alteri Investors acquired Jones Bootmaker from Macintosh Retail Group. Alteri is highly experienced in retail investments, principally in the UK, Germany and Benelux. They are backed by Apollo Global Management LLC, one of world's leading alternative investors. The result is a powerful combination of deep retail restructuring expertise and financial firepower.


History

The story of Jones Bootmaker began in 1857 when Alfred Jones and his wife Emma, opened a footwear shop in Bayswater, London, Working conditions were hard and opening hours were from 8am to 8pm, and midnight on Saturdays. Alfred and Emma also had to look after 11 sons and 3 daughters.


Alfred Jones was one of the first traders to install electric lighting in his shop and many people visited the store to see this new phenomenon.


Over the years, nine of the Jones sons were apprenticed to the shoe trade, and each went on to open their own stores trading under the name of A. Jones & Sons. These stores led the field by introducing stocks of ready-made shoes in 3 different widths and started a tradition in shoe fitting.


Following the Second World War expansion continued with the opening of a large warehouse in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the acquisition of new stores and the modernisation of branches. Throughout the expansion the ideals of a family business with a long standing reputation for quality care and fitting was maintained.


By 1955 the number of shops had outgrown the factories production capacity and the company joined Church & Co.


As a member of the Church group the company expanded further under the name 'Jones Bootmaker since 1857'. In 1994 the first new 'City Bootmaker' shop was opened in Manchester, and in 1996 we became known 'Jones Bootmaker'. Prada acquired the Church group and subsequently in 2001 Jones Bootmaker was taken over by a private investor.


Today Jones Bootmaker has over 120 own stores and concessions in the UK.