British footwear designer Norman Walsh has passed away at the age of 82.
Walsh died on June 15. The business which bears his name, Norman Walsh UK, announced the news yesterday (July 2) and said an exhibition will run at the Northampton Museum from July 8-27 as “a tribute to Norman’s unique contribution to British sports footwear.”
“It is with great sorrow to report the passing of our great founder and craftsman Norman Walsh,” the company said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to his family and friends and we will continue to honour the heritage and history that is Norman Walsh Footwear.”
Established in 1961, the company’s trainers are all made in Bolton by just five staff.
Walsh began making shoes in 1945 at the age of 14 for JW Foster & Sons, which would go on to become Reebok. He handmade the footwear used by the 1948 British Olympic team.
The exhibition will trace the history of the brand and Walsh himself. It is set to feature a display of vintage performance shoes, archive correspondence, production images and examples of catalogues from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.