The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

To celebrate 150 years of continuous shoemaking at Grenson, they decided to look back through their archives and recreate a collection of their past shoes that span the decades of the 20th Century.

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

Grenson have made them as true to the originals as possible whilst making sure they are still wearable today. Many of the earlier shoes, for example, were very narrow so they have had to widen them, without losing the essence of the shoe.

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

They started by developing new lasts for each style, some of which took four or five attempts as they were so different from modern shapes.

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

Then they had to source matching leathers, so decided that where an original shoe was heavily worn and polished they would try to remake it in the way it would have looked when it was new. They didn’t want to “distress” it as they felt this would seem unauthentic.

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

Finally they had to recreate many details that were on the originals, such as old logo stamps, hand stitched details and heel nailing, all of which took many hours of trial and error to get exactly right.

The Archive Collection - Celebrating 150 Years of Shoemaking at Grenson

Photos and information: grenson.com


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