When I first saw the identical "Made in England" soles, I thought the similarity was odd. I have just bought Grenson monkstraps and they are literally the same - I mean identical - to the Edward Green monkstraps for Ralph Lauren on the 89 last. Â Down to the last stitch. Are we sure these companies are independent? Â If so, how can Grenson (or EG) copy each other's shoes?
It is not surprising that your Grensons and EG's have the same sole. I have a pair of C&J Handgrade shoes with identical two-tone soles to some of my EG's. Although it is not as common as it used to be, I think some of the Northhampton shoe manufacturers still out-source some of their work. There have been threads here about John Lobb of St. James doing this with respect to their bespoke shoes. They also buy some of the identical materials, including soles. Years ago, when there were numerous smaller suit makers in NYC, quite a number of them only made the jackets and outsourced the trousers to Majer or Corbin.