Dainite products have been produced by the Harboro Rubber company since 1894.
The company remains in Market Harborough (at the original heart of the UK’s footwear industry between Leicester and Northampton) under the leadership of the original founder’s family. Dainite is the trade name established from the local phrase describing the company as the ‘day and night’ mills.
The company’s very first products were soles & heels – the first invoice dated 9th October 1894 was for ‘Women’s red soles’ and ‘black rubber soles’ and were sold by weight!
Footwear products have always played a prominent part in the life of the company.
Quality has been the key to the company’s success and it has always concentrated on producing products of the highest quality. Apart from a short period during the war effort to use reclaim, it has never succumbed to the cheapening of its products.
This reliability has ensured its success despite the passing of all other UK rubber footwear manufacturers and today it is a key supplier to prestigious companies such as Crockett & Jones, Church’s, Barker and Cheaney.
The Dainite Studded sole is one of its most widely known and used products. Its original design is as valid today as it was then, providing comfort and grip in all conditions, while not attracting or storing dirt. Shoes are easily wiped clean if required as there are no cleats or heavy grooves to hold the dirt. The Dainite Studded sole successfully achieved this aim whilst maintaining a smart timeless styling. The sole is popular today as ever!
The company relocated to new premises (just 800 metres from the original site) in 2006 with outstanding results. It has invested heavily in new equipment and continues to go from strength to strength.