I'm wearing my Grensons today, and when putting them on this morning, it occurred to me to compare them with my Edward Green shoes. Basically, I was wondering how much better Greens really are, and if it is worth it to pay $500+ for some Greens from English.Shoes (Ebay seller), or whether it is instead better to get 3 pair for that same amount from Bennies next month (hopefully). My take? The Greens have slightly better leather -- they seem less prone to creasing and have a marginally better finishing. But the Grensons have very sturdy yet supple leather and hold a polish well (unlike some shoes, which seem to crack). The Greens are constructed slightly better, with a better heal stiffener and what appears to be slightly stronger stitching holding the welt to the sole. The Greens leather lining is slightly better than the Grensons. Surprisingly, though, I found that the arch support in my Grensons was as good or slightly better than that in the Greens. In addition, I found no superficial differences in the elegance of the last design -- both execute "faux beveling" very well. Both have a very narrow waist that not only supports the foot well (at least my foot), but is elegant as well. Indeed, I could find no difference in the elegance of the waist. So, my overall assessment is that Grenson is not THAT far behind Green. I think at retail I'd probably pay the extra $100 or so for Greens, but the shoe you get from Bennies is almost the equal of Green, and certainly as good as anything you'd get from the CJ Handgrade line.
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1/21/05 at 2:02pm