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Grenson 1866

We are a shoemaker, born in 1866 in the heart of Northamptonshire, the shoe making capital of England.

We are still in the factory that we built in 1895 and we still make shoes very much the same as we made them back then. All of our shoes are Goodyear Welted, as they were back then and all are still made from the finest shoemaking materials.

Nowadays, however our shoes are sold all over the world in many of the finest stores, from Bergdorf Goodman and Saks in the US, to Harrods and Harvey Nichols in London, to Isetan and Beams in Tokyo to name just a few.

We also make shoes in collaboration with various Designers, brands and retailers where we think there is a close fit with our partner.


William Green, our founder, built the factory in 1895 in order to accommodate a huge surge in demand towards the end of the 19th century, during Queen Victoria’s reign.

The factory was one of the biggest of its kind in the country and made Grenson one of the most important shoemakers in the country, employing at its height up to 400 people.

Today the factory is almost untouched and many of the craftsmen and women are descendents of the original workforce, so the spirit and heart of our company continues in a way that is extremely rare in this day and age.

Several people in the factory swear that the factory is haunted by various ex-workers and several sightings have been made although most of us remain skeptical.