During the first and second World Wars, as British soldiers trudged through countless miles of muddy French, Belgian, and German soil, they trusted their aching dogs to Grenson. This was no happy accident. Grenson’s heritage dates back to 1866 when William Green expanded his one-man shoe company into Green & Son. The company was the first in the world to employ Goodyear welt construction, and by the turn of the 20th century had solidified its place among the English footwear giants (Tricker’s, Edward Green, Church’s, John Lobb). This cap-toe oxford is a perfect example of Grenson’s utilitarian and elegant mix. The chunkier oxford silhouette lends a beat cop feel to an otherwise sleek, smooth chestnut leather finish, balancing the brand’s all-import influences of soldiers and businessmen.

Grenson, on sale at noon ET today on Gilt MAN.

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