boot-and-shoe people


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In Lawrence's The Lost Girl, the house is sold to some boot-and-shoe people, after the father's death. What is boot and shoe people? do they make boots and shoe? or does it have another meaning?

It was now May. The whole business at Woodhouse was finished. Manchester House and all the furniture was sold to some boot-and-shoe people: at least the boot-and-shoe people had the house. They had given four thousand pounds for it—which was above the lawyer's estimate.
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