By Eric Yang
on 8.17.12
Photo by Grenson

How old were you when you started working, let alone take over a company? Probably not as young as William Green who — with the help of his mother — took over the reigns of his father’s shoemaking business in 1839. Moving out of his home in 1866, Green established his company under the name William Green & Son (Grenson, get it?) eventually going on to accomplish firsts like the using the Goodyear welt construction method for men’s shoes. The Cayton Boot is a long way from those days, but its cap toe derby boot design is English through and through. Grenson waxed calf leathers and Barbour waxed cotton abound atop a commando sole and, naturally, a hand-stained gren welt. And Bob’s your uncle.

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