Founded in the 1930s by John Scott-Nichol, Schott-Nichol is a sock manufacturing company that produces its products in Leicester, England. Initially named Shepshed Footwear, the company changed its name in 1946.
Coming from a family that had centuries of experience in the Scottish wool trade, John Scott-Nichol was a distinguished World War I veteran who revolutionized the hosiery industry with his unique blend of nylon and wool. In the post-WW2 era, Schott-Nichol socks were widely adopted by teddy boy, mod, skinhead, scooter boy, northern soul, and soul boys youth subcultures. In the 1970s, Schott-Nichol went from being a family business to a privately-owned company.