This is our classic City shoe collection of the must have styles that you need if you’re going to cut it in the Square Mile. The last shape is classic but not old fashioned and the designs are all exactly as they should be, no clever twists.
What makes them special is the “closed channel” soles with hand painted waists and hand painted linings to match. This is the pinnacle of English shoemaking, made “skin to box” in the Grenson factory.
Tim Little, CEO & Creative Director
Introducing our DIPPED Collection. These shoes are made from special leathers that are tanned in a way that allows them to absorb leather dye when completely dipped in it. The shoes are made in a raw form and then submerged in the dye.
Once the shoes are fully constructed, the entire shoe is "dipped" into a dye wash so the colour is retained in the lining, sock, welt, edge and sole. They are then left to air dry and given a final antique and polish, the resulting shoes feature a unique finish to each pair.
The Goodyear Welted method of shoemaking is generally considered to be the King of shoemaking as it is traditional, time consuming, and expensive, but it creates the most hard-wearing shoes.
We have been making Goodyear Welted shoes for around 150 years so when I suggested to the craftsmen in our factory that we try making a sneaker, they were sceptical to say the least.
However, we bought the relevant machinery and they set about learning how to master the art.
These shoes are therefore the result of a traditional English shoe factory putting their craft into a sneaker. They are made using traditional high-quality leathers, including calf, nubuck and suede and are stitched onto the Italian made soles.
The ‘Triple Welt’ series of shoes are true Grenson classics as they weren’t developed in the design department, but instead by our own craftsmen in the factory. The main feature is a special sole and welt construction that makes the shoe look like it has three welts of different widths. This is true artisanal shoemaking and is unique to Grenson.