Monday, 14 November 2011

A perfect Union: Grenson x Barbour

THE Union Flag was born to symbolise the best Great Britain had to offer, and in the latest joint venture between Scotland and England the world of the working and stylish shoe is something to behold.

The Grenson X Barbour effort which offers a fabulous range of brogue based shoes is a tag team that would put Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks to shame.

With a complete outdoor flavour the Marske tan calf shoe is like a brogue covered 4x4 for your feet, combining a commando sole with a brogue upper in tan and green. The lace up shoe with metal eyelets has a brown leather toe and heel sat against a green quarter.

The calf leather with waxed cotton is a wonderful finish and really should be a stand out product.

But with this new range it is difficult to find a shoe/boot that is stand out, they all are.

Seconds out round two: The Egton green full brogue is a five metal eyelet lace up shoe but without the commando sole, instead it offers a red brick dianite sole with added grip. This is a lovely shoe and as I stated cannot really be compared to the Marske as it has its own particular qualities.

Now for the third and final round the Acklam brown rusti grain boot, which comes with a mixture of grain leather with waxed cotton.

The boot utilizes its colour panelling really well, a subtle combination of browns and the beige sole evoks images of yesteryear and really is something to behold.

With these two companies you always know what you are going to get, and knowing they boast the moniker Made in England proudly is a thing not to be sniffed at.

This range gets my stamp of approval and it won’t take much for them to surely work their way into any sensible man’s wardrobe.