Grenson Dylan Review


So, I’ve been pining for a pair of Grensons for a long, long time, but have never pulled the trigger until recently. My biggest hesitation was that there’s no close retailers to try them on, and I wanted to make damn sure they fit right before ordering from the UK. Seems there’s a retailer in Los Angeles somewhere, but after see how the dollar is pleasantly strong against the euro, I could get a much better deal with not much shipping cost from the UK. ┬áPart of this post is a review, but part of it is to confirm that the sizing conversion is actually excellent for any one else that’s having the same hesitation.

If you’re familiar with quality constructed shoes, you’ve probably heard of Grenson, and you know what it takes to make a solid, Goodyear Welted shoe. Creating a shoe this way through the Grenson assembly line takes about three weeks. Figure your own hourly rate, multiply that by three weeks, then see how that compares to the cost of a pair… they’ll look like a STEAL. Considering a shoe like this will last 10+ years with proper care and resoling, you’re doing yourself a huge favor.

I’ve always loved the styling of Grensons. They use the classic brogue styling, but always seemed a twist more modern than Aldens and the like. I want a classic wing-tip, but I don’t necessarily want to look like a 60 year old banker. I went with the Dylan model with a red brick rubber sole. Seemed more appropriate for summer, even though it’s about over. Having the rubber sole makes these very light, and they are unlined, so they’re much cooler in warm temps too. The leather is just the right about of sturdiness without being too hard for a mean break-in. In fact, they felt perfectly comfortable after only a couple wears. I’ve worn them plenty in the past few weeks and they still look brand new.

photo credits to Lisa Warninger

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24 Responses to “Grenson Dylan Review”

  1. NeckBeard says:

    How are the rubber soles? I have a pair of leather soled Frye’s and I felt they had to be resole too early.

    Love the shoes.

    • MMP says:

      These soles seem to be not wearing at all yet… maybe because they give more than leather soles, so there’s less stiff abrasion on the pavement? I’ve had full leather soles wear out fast, and I usually get my cobbler to add a thin rubber half-sole, which especially helps longevity in the wet Portland weather.

  2. Wow, those are beautiful! I love the texture of the leather, and the finished edge on the tongue. I wish I could find classic women’s shoes with that level of quality.

  3. SN says:

    Hang on – Euros? Don’t you mean Pounds?

  4. VL says:


    these are nice. how did you manage to get your hands on these since they don’t ship to the US?

  5. Lauren says:

    These shoes are amazing! All men should wear shoes like these.

  6. paula says:

    These are incredibly gorgeous Matt. Would love the Kirk for Kellen, but they are out of his size.

    • MMP says:

      Oh yeah, the Kirk is SHARP. Dang, I might need a pair of those too…

      • Andrew says:

        Matt, I recently bought a pair of the kirks in black, and they’re every bit as good in person as they look online.
        I also had to take a leap of faith, getting them shipped to Australia. We typically use US sizing over here, and my experience was similar to yours – conversion chart was spot on.

  7. Sally says:

    I love a good brogue – nothing beats it!

  8. Rob says:

    hi, very nice shoes. I was thinking of getting them in the black with the leather sole. Do you know where these are made?

  9. Debby says:

    that’s great, but you didn’t note anything about sizing, about how your American foot translates into the UK Grenson sizing. Does the Grenson run 1/2 size larger, is it a narrower, more debonaire long toe? You started off your review stressing how you wanted to get the right fit yet none of your fitting details were shared.

    • MMP says:

      Debby, I wrote that ‘the sizing conversion is actually excellent’, so I considered them true to my normal size.

  10. Yo says:

    Just purchased a pair of these and was wondering about sizing. I wear a size 10.5 US and purchased the Grensons in a size 10UK. Did you size down half a size like me or did you go down a full size? From what I’ve read around, looks like people sized down a full size. Would appreciate your feedback so I could change my order if needed.

    • MMP says:

      Yes, I ordered a full size difference and that worked great for me. I’m typically a US 9 and ordered a UK 8.

      • Yo says:

        One more question, where did you purchase them from and for how much in USD if you don’t mind?


  11. Yo says:

    ughhhhhh…. that was what i was afraid of. They don’t have a size 9.5 anymore so I’m gonna have to try the 10UK out. I’m kind of in between a 10.5 and 11 so maybe they will work out. Anyways, thanks for your advice and prompt reply!

    • Peter says:

      Hey “Yo”… how did the 10UK go for you? I usually wear a 10US and just ordered a 9.5UK on gilt. Thanks!

  12. pwj says:


    I’m usually a US size 9 and purchased a UK size 8 like you did.
    Found that there’s a 4cm gap between my longest toe.
    I usually leave abit of room, but is this normal?
    The dylan’s are ‘pointier’ than my typical shoes though…