The boots business has been in my family for a number of Couch The Boots - Owain Couchgenerations. The family business can be traced back to more than 170 years ago. Hi, my name is Owain Couch and I bring you Couch The Boots.

I must clarify that the name is pronounced “Cooch” and not “Cowch“. The name for the site, Couch The Boots is taken from an ancestor of mine.

But who am I? What is this site all about? And what can you expect from this site? Find out as I tell you my story. Please, continue reading.



Making boots for a living has been a Couch occupation since the first half of the 19th Century. My 3rd great grandfather, John Couch, was a shoemaker, or to give it its’ proper title, a cordwainer.

Origins of the Shoemakers

This word derives from the word “cordwain” or “cordovan” and was the leather that was used in Spain during the Middle Ages.

My ancestors originally came from the county of Devon in southwest England. As the trade in the area where he lived was leather he naturally learned the trade as shoemaker. The family before had worked the land as agricultural laborers.

John Couch and his wife Ann had a very large family. They had twelve children. Can you believe it?

Three of their sons, Thomas, William, and my 2nd great grandfather Henry Couch all took up the profession. They would also all make the move from the north of Devon to south Wales, to the bustling town of Swansea.



Henry had migrated to Swansea with his wife Elizabeth in about 1870. He probably relocated because as Swansea was a rather large industrial town he probably thought that he would find a lot of work, rather than staying in Devon.

After all during this time Swansea was known as Copperopolis as it produced 90% of the world’s copper. The town’s population dramatically increased from 17,000 in 1851 up to 65,000 in 1881.

Henry would pass on this trade to his two sons, John Couch, (my great grandfather), and George. Henry’s sons would continue to work as shoemakers for the rest of their lives.



John set up a shop in Union Street in Swansea and was affectionately known by the locals as “Couch The Boots“. There are a number of family stories that have been passed down to me by my father regarding my great grandfather. I’ll have to write a post one day to recite them, as well as more of my family history.

Incidentally if you are curious about your own family history you may want to check out my other website, The Genealogy Guide. You will find many guides and tips on the site that will help you to begin your genealogy journey. There are also many reviews on there that look at what products and services are available that can assist you on your journey.

Anyway, I have digressed.

Unfortunately, that is where the family trade ended. My grandfather, John Couch, (sorry there are a number of John’s in my family), decided to not continue this tradition as the shoemaking businesses was starting to dry up.



My keen interest in genealogy has inspired me to create a second website where I can help you to find the boots that you are after. I want to continue the family trade.

I will be reviewing many different kinds of boots and show you where you can buy them. I will also be writing many how-to guides on subjects such as how to care for your boots and even how to tie up your boot laces. Just what is the best way?

After an absence of 100 years the Couch family are back in the boots business. I want to do my Couch ancestors proud by helping you get the most from your boots!



As I have pointed out before the goal of this site is to review the best boots, in all different categories. And also to give you plenty of how-to guides on areas which can help you.

Couch The Boots

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,


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Owain Couch

Making and repairing boots and shoes has been an occupation in my family for generations. I want to carry on the family business by helping you find the best footwear, as well as provide useful guides that will help make them last longer.


Megan · January 30, 2018 at 6:05 am

Hi Owain

What a great story! I love hearing stories like these and it is wonderful that you have found a way to revive your family’s boot business. I was wondering if you would be reviewing larger boots? The reason I ask is my teenage son, is already wearing an Australian size 12-13 shoe at 13 years old. It is going to become increasingly difficult to source shoes for him as he continues his trajectory upwards!

    admin · January 30, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Thank you Megan.

    You know I could have written so much more. And I think that I will in a future post. I might though post it on my genealogy site as it maybe more appropriate there.

    I have a lot of ideas about what to write and review for on this site, and that is a great suggestion. Thank you for sharing. Will get back to you when that post is up.

    Thanks again,

William · January 30, 2018 at 6:48 am

This was very exciting to read.
I’m glad you went into specifics and deep details. One of the best about me pages I’ve seen in a while.

Good luck with the business!

    admin · January 30, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Thank you William. I am glad you found it exciting. I am very exciting to be starting this new venture.

rox · January 30, 2018 at 8:51 am

I would love to know about my genealogy! It was extremely interesting to learn about yours!

I live in a tropical country so my boots always gets mouldy, if you have an article on how to care for boots in these kind of weathers I would love to know how!

Great work!

    admin · January 30, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Genealogy is a really exciting hobby. You just don’t know who you will find and what you will discover about them. Please check out my genealogy site when you can as there’s is plenty of useful information there.

    As for your boots I will definitely be covering how to care for boots in all conditions. So please stay tuned for that.

Andrew Bromley · January 30, 2018 at 9:09 am

Continuing with an old family business seems quite a good idea, especially in this modern era. There will always be a market for good quality shoes and boots and a family business means the skills will be from father to son. will you be personally involved yourself Owain ? Good luck with the venture and you certainly have my full recommendation.

    admin · January 30, 2018 at 9:20 am

    You’ll see what I intend to the site when I get some posts and reviews up on the site. My family were last in the shoemaking over a 100 years ago so we don’t have anything that can be passed down.

    It is only the desire to help people get the shoes and boots that they are after and show people where they can buy them. I have so much inspiration to bring this business back into the family. It’s an exciting time for the Couch family.

Nate Kidd · January 30, 2018 at 10:20 am

This is a very awesome about me page. Actually the best I have seen. It definitely gives me a great idea what your website is about and gives more than enough detail to make me very comfortable connecting and being a fan. Thanks for sharing.

    admin · January 30, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks very much Nate for your kind feedback. It means a lot to me.

    I am really passionate about carrying on with the family business, (in this modern age). And I am determined to help people make the best decisions possible when it comes to not only buying shoes/boots but also caring for them as well.

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