Ensign Classic - Mariana
Ensign Classic - Mariana
Origin: Conceived in 1981 for the harriers competing in the 1981 New York Marathon, Norman kept to the customary ‘less is more’ ideology. The Ensign offered lasting durability, comfort and stability in the form of a Vibram outsole with a thick extra wedge in the midsole for a cushioned heel strike yet still offering flexibility.
Upper Materials: Suede, Leather, Lamb Nappa.
It is important to brush suede frequently using a soft brass brush or, hard bristle brush to remove any contaminants. Hard stains can be removed with a suede rubber or cleaner. To protect suede from the elements, we recommend using a waterproofing spray.
Cleaning fabrics such as nylon/polyester and PVC can easily be achieved using a cloth and soapy water to remove dirt. For fabrics such as cotton or wool, we recommend using a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt.
Midsoles can be cleaned with a midsole cleaner or warm soapy water. Darker midsoles may also be 'cleaned' with fine grit non-marking sand paper. Please note, suede may transfer onto other clothing. Never machine wash or tumble dry shoes or dry in direct sunlight.
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Meet The Designer
Born on July 20th 1931 in Daubhill Bolton, Norman Walsh was the youngest of a family of three brothers and step brother. Leaving school in 1945 at the then custom age of 14, Norman followed his cobbler father William's footsteps into the industry, starting an apprenticeship at Bolton-based J.W. Foster & Sons.
His progress was early recognised and so outstanding that his name and work became greatly recognised by many professional athletes around the world and was highly sought after. In 1961 Norman founded a brand under his own name, Norman Walsh Footwear. Throughout the 1960's Norman Walsh refined his skills and continued to manufacture specialists sports shoes of an incredibly diverse range, all hand made for his individual customers' needs.
Today Walsh continues to demonstrate its' casual and performance range. 2021 will mark the 60 year anniversary of the founding of Walsh, the last British owned, designed and manufacturer of traditional footwear, with continuous manufacture in Bolton, England since 1961.