Footwear Friends

Footwear Friends, formerly the Footwear Benevolent Society, is a charity that provides financial assistance to people who have worked in the shoe trade but have fallen on hard times. It is the only charity dedicated solely to the support of those have served the footwear industry, whether in design, manufacture, distribution, retail or repair. The financial support it offers includes:

  • Six-monthly grants
  • Mid-year and Christmas grants
  • One-off grants
  • Convalescent holiday grants

Applicants must have been employed in the shoe trade, normally for a minimum of five years.



The office is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00am - 2.30pm and Wednesdays and Fridays 9.00am - 1.00pm

Where to go


Footwear Friends can be contacted at:

Unit 116 China Works, 28 Black Prince Road, London SE1 7SJ