How we make our shoes

We have been making shoes continuously since 1866 and we are only in our third factory in all that time.

Apart from our new moccasin collection, all of our shoes are “Goodyear Welted”. This is a shoemaking technique that was invented in the mid 1800’s and involves many individual processes, but the key benefit is that the shoes are strong and last a long time.

The main feature of Goodyear Welted shoes is that the upper is stitched to a leather band called a Welt and this is then stitched to the sole. 

It takes up to 8 weeks to make our shoes and involves well over 200 individual operations.

Grenson - Shoes on lasts.

Grenson Shoe School

If you would like to learn exactly how we make our shoes, we will be opening our Shoe School in the summer of 2016 which will involve a single day tour and lecture on Grenson and our shoes. Please email theshoeschool@grenson.co.uk to register your interest.

Grenson - Soles being fitted to shoes.