Quality Of Grenson Shoes

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  1. ShaneB

    ShaneB Senior member

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    I was just perusing the Grenson website and came across these that may be the much discussed 'G1':

    http://www.grenson.co.uk/en_gb/shop/acklam

    http://www.grenson.co.uk/en_gb/shop/egton

    They generally look quite nice.

    I don't really know why the new Grenson doesn't get a lot of love here: if you're a younger bloke then Grenson offer the best range of stylish shoes at affordable prices, and I'm not talking about RRP - it's very easy to pick up Grensons off of ebay, brand new, for about 60% off.
     


  2. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    They made the mistake of associating their brand with outsourced Indian shoes and in that period of time, many people who bought those shoes because they were "affordable" became so disillusioned and aghast by the poor quality of the leather and manufacturing and that did alot of damage to the brand. Some of their outrageous fashion forward designs didn't help.

    They are capable of making really good shoes though, as the past masterpieces have shown. Hopefully, the new range with upgraded specs can win some fans.
     


  3. ShaneB

    ShaneB Senior member

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    Hmm, I've bought mostly their higher end Rushdens (£180+) and found them to be top notch, especially when it's easy to get them for more than half that on ebay. Admittedly, I haven't gone for the lower priced shoes, like the Dylans (which look awful) so perhaps that's where people are drawing their conclusions.
     


  4. Sonny58

    Sonny58 Senior member

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    Does anyone know which Grenson model George Clooney is wearing on the cover of the latest Esquire?
     


  5. GrensonMan

    GrensonMan Senior member

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    Looks like the Finn to me. Hard to tell from that angle though.
     


  6. GrensonMan

    GrensonMan Senior member

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    I recently purchased the Christian Boot. Does anyone know if they are part of the Rose or Rushden collection. If not, were they made in England or India?

    Thank you!
     


  7. Schweino

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    If it doesn't say "made in England" on the inside of the shoe they are made in India. Also, Rushden line has red insole cushioning, Rose line dark brown.
     


  8. GrensonMan

    GrensonMan Senior member

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    India it is then. Red cushion and only the Grenson G where the heel goes. I am rather disappointed. I thought I owned a genuine made in England boot. And to top it off I payed $345 for them. Thank you for your response.
     


  9. GrensonMan

    GrensonMan Senior member

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    Do you think I over payed?
     


  10. Schweino

    Schweino Senior member

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    Yes, I do, But I think all current Grenson shoes are overpriced compared to their lineup a few years back. Nowadays all they have is made in India for almost the same price as they used to charge for made in England shoes (the Rose line). I mean, 200 UKP for made in India shoes? (see http://www.grenson.co.uk/en_gb/shop)

    I have many pairs of Grenson shoes and ordered one pair since the Tim Little takeover only to discover they have gone downhill quality wise. I would stay away from Grenson or try to find some old stock.
     
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  11. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    +1
     


  12. GrensonMan

    GrensonMan Senior member

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    Thank you for your replies. I have to say that over all I am very happy with the boot. The price was a bit steep but I love the style of the Christian Boot and couldn't resist the temptation. My thoughts on quality- the stitching appears to be well done, lasts etc. The comfort is better than any shoe or boot that I have owned. The leather has a tendency to wrinkle, especially around the shin and tongue area. This may be typical of leather boots or an indication of the leather quality. I am not sure which.

    It would appear that Grenson's quality has taken a hit since they moved their operation to India. Is their quality still better than most boots, or has it dropped to a level comparable to $100-$150 priced boots?
     


  13. Northampton Novice

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    IIRC the Grenson Christian boot uses Corrected Grain leather and has a dainite type rubber sole (might even be dainite), if that's the one - it isn't a higher end boot, if not ignore the rest of my post!

    Corrected Grain leather doesn't get much love on SF period. However given it's rubber sole, the fact that CG leather is quite good at dealing with the elements and that you like the comfort & fit - I say wear them in good health.

    In terms of quality, difficult to say accurately but I think given the above they will be better than the average shopping mall boot and their styling has got to be worth a good few bucks too.
     


  14. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Old mid level Grenson use fiber board-glue insole,
    very bad,
    it give more heat in shoe and not absorb moisture good.
    DW say more heat and moisture can mean slipped gemming in time.
    What shoe like now,
    fiber board-glue insole?
    Masterpiece is very very good.
     
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  15. poincare0

    poincare0 Well-Known Member

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    how much does it take for it to become clear that a company is producing sub-par shoes across the board?
     


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