I'm a new member, so apologies if this is repetitive. I spent much of last fall in London and got to know some of the upper-end shoe dealers whose wares I had been buying for some time. It seems as if there are not too many original shoemakers left, and I'm wondering if the information I pieced together is accurate. The manager at Crockett & Jones informed me that they actually make the shoes for Cleverley and for New & Lingwood. Dunhill in New York sells Poulson & Scone, which is now owned by New & Lingwood, and their shoes are also made by Crockett (or so I was told). When I asked New & Lingwood about this, they said yes for the regular flight, but that Grenson made the better shoes. Edward Green makes the shoes for Wildsmith; I asked John Wildsmith about this and he didn't deny it. So that seems to leave Lobb, Grenson, Green, and Crockett making top-end shoes. I'd be interested in more (or more accurate) information.
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10/4/04 at 4:22pm