Duke of Berwick
HISTORY OF BERWICK 1707
The name of our brand has its origin in the battle that took place in our lands and that was crucial in the development of the War of Spanish Succession. On 25th April 1707, the Bourbon troops, led by the Duke of Berwick, defeated the Austracist troops in a battle that would open the doors to the Kingdom of Valencia, of vital importance for Bourbon interests and which would finally lead to Philip V being proclaimed King of Spain.
In the last third of the last century, our footwear manufacturing company decided to invest in the development of a product of high quality, comfort and longevity, qualities provided by Goodyear Welt manufacturing, thus giving birth to our Berwick 1707 brand.
Through a combination of technology and craftsmanship expertise in highly specialised tasks that require the know-how of many years of experience, Berwick 1707 and Berwick 1707 Premium Grade shoes are carefully crafted articles that will satisfy the expectations of the most demanding user and will accompany them faithfully and step by step over the years. We have to emphasize that all the components of our shoes are manufactured entirely in our facilities from raw materials with the standards of quality and environmental care that marks the European Union. Practically all the raw materials we use are of European origin.
Charles Goodyear Jr.
Goodyear Welt manufacturing began on January 24, 1871 when Charles Goodyear Jr. patented a machine for sewing leather stitching, a task that had previously been carried out by hand.
In 1883 Jan Ernst Matzeliger patented the automatic sewing machine.
Sydney W. Winslow subsequently bought these patents, establishing the United Shoe Machine Company, whose machines are still in use today, and which helped to develop the industrial manufacturing process, increasing production exponentially, creating thousands of jobs and reducing the price of shoes by 50%.
Today Berwick 1707 is manufactured in Almansa using the process that Charles Goodyear Jr. patented some 150 years ago, controlling production vertically by means of a complex industrial organisation, so that each and every stage in the manufacture of the shoe, even those that are normally outsourced, such as the construction of the heel or the production of the sole, are carried out in the same factory, which favours cost containment and quality control.