This summer I happened up on a pair of Grenson “Masterpiece” brogues, well used and going for a song. The leather sole and heel were pretty worn down, but the careful owner had taken wonderful care of the upper, they were polished to a deep, gleaming lustre and looked pretty great. So, given my preference for some proper rubber under my feet, here was another opportunity to get the good folks at Shoehealer involved. You’ll no doubt remember the work they did on my Church Chetwynds and my knockabout brogues?
Now, these Grensons are not totally unlike my Churchs, in that they are dark brown brogues. I know a true grade-A shoe connoisseur would be able to point out dozens of differences, but to me they are similar. Hence I couldn’t go down the standard Dainite sole route on these. And my favourite commando soles would be a bit heavy for shoes as delicate as these, so that was out as well.
Discussing the matter with endlessly patient Richard, head chap at Shoehealer, ideas were aired and discarded. I was thinking of something a little bit colourful, to add some contrast to an otherwise conservative pair of shoes. Maybe even something red. And then Richard came up with the Ridgeway sole in red.
Only it was impossible to find this sole in the correct size for my shoes, so it was back to the pub for another round of draught ale. Not really, but it was at least time to reacquaint heads with thinking caps. Not really that either, as Richard found something in his archive of rare and unusual samples, a Victory sole, in red. Most commonly found on Loakes shoes, this really is quite the uncommon beastie. And I think it looks pretty snazzy mated up with the old Grensons.
Thanks again to Richard and the merry men at Shoehealer for sterling service. Now to send another two pairs over for their expert attention!