What started as a family business selling shoes in Liverpool is now a global family of sports, outdoor and fashion brands
In 1932, our founders set up The Liverpool Shoe Company with little more than £100 base capital. The organisation began as a wholesaler but has evolved, over eight decades, into the global family of sports, outdoor and fashion brands that Pentland is today.
We have a lot to thank our founders for: not just for establishing a footwear business with firm foundations, but for giving us the sense of adventure and risk-taking that has allowed us to venture into new areas as the business has evolved.
By 1946, the Liverpool Shoe Company had expanded into manufacturing, and it continued its growth well into the 1960s, acquiring other footwear-producing companies and developing its product range to cover men’s, women’s and children’s ranges.
These early risks and successes sowed the seeds of our current – and future – growth. Ever since our inception, we’ve been following in our founders footsteps, continuing to expand and to branch out in new directions. The timeline below sets out the twists and turns of our journey so far.