Many well-established footwear brands are known for their reliable footwear. Most of these companies have built their reputations on years of good customer service as well, so buying a pair of shoes from one of these brands means that you are getting a high quality product. Rich craftsmanship is hidden in the details on a pair of shoes. If you believe that the quality of a shoe starts with the quality of its components, the skin has to be selected by the finest calf and hand-finished by the best craftsmen, then you must buy your next pair of shoes from Edward Green shoemakers.
Cut by hand from the world’s finest leathers, each pair of Edward Greens is made in their Northampton workshop according to the same principles that have guided them for over a century. Crafted and honed with unerring attention to detail their shoes embody the timeless elegance of quintessentially English style.
Edward Green was a man with a singular passion for shoes. Starting in the industry as a twelve-year-old apprentice, Edward was driven by an ambition to make a better class of shoe. He established his own workshop in Northampton in 1890, gathering around him the town’s most illustrious craftsmen, each an expert in their respective field, and sourced the best materials for them to work with.
“Excellence without compromise,” was his promise and soon his name became associated with the finest English Goodyear Welted footwear, gracing style icons from Ernest Hemingway to Edward, the Duke of Windsor.
The company is still based in Northampton and has over sixty skilled artisans making around 350 pairs of shoes a week, many for export to the world's leading boutiques and department stores as well as its own shops in London and Paris. They continue to strive to make the best shoes possible, refining and improving where appropriate, but always taking their time to ensure that each pair of shoes is fit to bear their founder’s name and dress another generation of men who appreciate the difference.
The quality of a shoe starts with the quality of its components. They select the finest French and Italian calf, and hand-finish the skin upon the last, giving an Edward Green shoe its signature antiqued patina. The soles are oak bark tanned for nine months imbuing an unrivalled comfort & durability. A shoe takes its form from the last upon which it’s made – and from the classic 202 to the chiselled 890, their lasts have been developed over time for their distinguished profiles and the comfort of their fit.
And for Edward Green ‘craftsmanship’ is more than a slogan. It's the mastery of techniques passed through the generations, ensuring each shoe is made to the same exacting standards. From the hand cutting of the calfskin to the bevelling of the waist, it may take more time and it may take more effort but it’s this commitment to meticulous detailing that makes for a shoe of real quality and character.