Our History


Gardiner Brothers & Co (leathers) Ltd was founded as a Traditional Tannery – in Alvin Street Gloucester



Five successive generations continued to run the business until the 1960's when the footwear industry underwent a major upheaval. The introduction of vulcanised footwear encouraged Gardiner Bros to take a new direction and distribute slippers, plimsolls, wellington boots and casual footwear.


Gardiner Bros were instrumental in the incorporation in a national consortium of five regional wholesalers, Group Five (Shoes) Ltd.  The group pioneered European importing and offered national distribution for a variety of brands such as Hunter, Pirelli and Dunlop.


National Whole Sale distribution began!


Cotswold Shoes were born, originally as a golfing brand. Since then the Cotswold brand has taken inspiration from surrounding areas to create wellingtons, hikers and lifestyle products alike. They now feature in national retailers


Due to new safety regulations coming into place, Gardiner Brothers extended their offering into Safety Booth with the introduction of FOOTSURE WESTERN LTD


Partnered as UK Distributor for Skechers


Gardiner Brothers & Footsure Western Ltd moved from Alvin Street to new bespoke premises in Hardwicke with 89,000 sq ft of warehousing


Partnered as UK Distributor for Base London


Partnered as UK Distributor for Hush Puppies


Partnered as UK Sole Distributor for The Original Muck Boot Company


Gained full UK exclusivity for Hush Puppies, including designing, and developing styles to sit alongside the existing global range


Cotswold partnered with The National Forest to donate every time a Cotswold Shoe is purchased


Acquired 2 additional Office & Warehouse Units in Stonehouse growing our Warehouse capacity to 230,000sq ft


The Company has been run since the 1960's by Peter and Jolyon Gardiner. Today their son's James and Ben Gardiner work with others on the management team pushing the business forward. Now the business supplies a vast range of footwear and clothing to the retail trade. The Company distributes up to one and a half million items each year across the world. With over 150 years of knowledge and experience in wholesale distribution, the Gardiner family expertise is priceless and offers an unmatched service to the trade.


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