William Green’s father passed away when he was still young. To make ends meet, William’s mother taught him how to make men’s shoes and boots in their small Northhampshire, London home. This tutelage would eventually make a worldwide difference, from the confident strides of dapper gentlemen to the trusted boots for British and Allied soldiers.
A naturally entrepreneurial spirit, by 1866 William connected a team of cottage industry outworkers to assist in building footwear by moon and candlelight. Establishing a reputation for quality, he was able to buy a small factory eight years later under the name William Green and Sons (shortened to Grenson in 1913). It was one of the first factories in the world to use the Goodyear Welted* method of shoemaking, a technique so expertly devised that, besides their moccasin collection, all their shoes are still manufactured that way today. It takes an average of eight weeks to make a pair of Grenson shoes and involves over 200 individual operations.
Classic English dress shoes and military boots (historically made for British troops in WWI and many of the Allied nations in WWII), Grenson has been in continuous production since 1866, a heritage expertise of shoe craftsmanship.
Read more about Grenson in our Back-Story, Grenson and the History of Brogues
*The Goodyear Welted method is a process in which the upper is stitched to a leather band called a welt. This is then stitched to the sole - a hidden reinforcement that ensures strength and durability while also making welted shoes easy to resole.