*Near new – Vintage GRENSON Cap-Toe Half Brogue Oxford: 41.5EE (US 8.5EE)
Made in England
Cap-Toe Half Brogue Oxford
Dated October 1993
In continuous operation since its founding by William Green in 1866, Grenson is one of the oldest and best English shoemakers with a long tradition of catering to the military and one of my favourite contemporary bootmakers. Grenson is one of the few shoemakers, perhaps unique in modern times, who have actually improved their quality in recent years, even as the quality of other shoemakers, even the most famous shoemakers, has visibly declined. Notably are Church’s new and inferior “Prima Class”, and many of Lobb’s ready-mades. Yes, John Lobb, who appear to have a “youth complex”, producing new lightweight models that they imagine to be “modern” and “fashion-forward”, but are really only an embarrassment. In contrast, Grenson’s boots and shoes are all uncompromisingly well made, the designs absolutely traditional, and do not resort to any extraneous decoration or misguided flights of fancy. Indeed, Grenson has become one of my personal favorites.
A bit of history: Grenson is fondly remembered for its development during the war of a uniquely fashioned flyers boot with a fully lined and detachable leg with commando knife. In the event of being shot down the airman could remove the leg portion, leaving behind a simple black shoe to more easily blend into the population and evade captors. Now all he had to do was learn German overnight. Failing that he had his commando knife, a romantic foil for the Wehrmacht’s Maschinenpistolen.
Size Details:UK 7.5G......US 8.5EE.....Continental 41.5EE, for the wider foot.
Very lightly worn. Showing first trivial scuffing to bottoms, otherwise new. Appears to have been worn a few times only.