Looking forward, one of the first dates with a red marker pen circle about it for us is the Grand National. It's something I haven't had the pleasure to enjoying yet but all I do know is I'm constantly reminded that I'm missing out. With the big couple of days in Liverpool (4th, 5th and 6th April) not too far away its a chance for racegoers to put on their best spread, so with this in mind we thought our Grenson Shoes could be the perfect companion to that perfectly pressed three piece you either have in the wardrobe already or have been eyeing up in the shops. Here's our favourite selection of Northampton's finest shoes for the Grand National, good year welted and built to last they are a highly recommended investment and remember a good shoe isn't just for the races.
One of Grenson's originals, Stanley or as we commonly refer to him as 'Mr Classic' started life as the son of Albert (Grenson's first brogue) and has remained in the collection since in various guises for over 80 years. A classic English brogue with a wing tip and full traditional broguing he is also an oxford as the vamp is laid of top of the quarters instead of underneath like a gibson or a derby. If your looking to invest in a brogue for the first time we would always point in Stanley's way as he's a true English gent.
Sid can be addressed by a number of names including and more commonly known as a royal brogue but then there's galosh brogue and over the Atlantic he is known as a long wing. All strong names and rightly so, Sid is a classic wing tip except that the wing runs the length of the shoe to the back strap instead of dipping down into the welt with is a more common occurrence. Crafted from either premium calf grained leather or a high shine calf leather, both are on a double sole and split welt. This is in our eyes more of a smart casual style but will sit just right with a suit trouser and will be a different flavour.
Tom has a nickname in store as the 'Suit Shoe' soley down to fact we feel a suit trouser sits at its best and peaks with a Tom on your foot. A very British shoes, he is a semi brogue and made for the city but can easily be dressed down for the weekends. A slightly slimmer profile with a more elongated last, unlined and featuring a semi brogue toe cap, Tom feels just at home in the office as he does propped up at the bar.
A newcomer to the Weavers Door Grenson pack, Ellery is a double buckle monk and fits very much the same as Tom (they are on the same last) and equally makes a handsome shoe option for the races. We have already noticed the ladies picking him up in store, and as the say 'a women judges a man by his shoes' were sure with Ellery on your feet your be doing just fine. Crafted in premium calf leather.