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. Part 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