The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers is a City of London Livery Company which was awarded its Royal Charter in 1670, but the Company is first recorded as a trade association for the makers of pattens in 1379 and the trade itself dates from the 12th century or earlier.

Pattens were under-shoes designed to be worn outdoors and to lift the wearers and their shoes and ladies’ dresses above the mud and grime of early streets.

Today the Pattenmakers’ Charitable Foundation has developed a new role in funding the design and bespoke fabrication of orthopaedic shoes, particularly for the UK’s injured servicemen.


The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London, whilst its original trade has disappeared, it is now an important supporter of the footwear sector.


The Livery’s primary purpose is, via its Charitable Foundation, to give financial support to a various causes including the footwear industry,  education and the City.


St Margaret Pattens is a working Guild Church in the centre of the City and houses some of the Livery’s collection of pattens, silver and memorabilia.


Livery members can search for details of forthcoming events and a range of information to do with the running and management of the Livery.

The Company continues to draw its membership from the footwear industry and from many other walks of life. The Company’s main focuses of activity are charity, fellowship and participation in the life of the City of London.

First Record

‘Mystery of Patynmakers’

Great Fire

The Company’s early records were believed lost in the Great Fire of London

Company Incorporated

Company was incorporated by Royal Charter by King Charles II

Company Granted Livery

Association Formed with Shoe Trade

Third Royal Charter

Company received third charter and additional powers, including appointing a Warden to the Trade