Tim Little knows shoes. Leather uppers and rubber soles, blue suede boots and brogues, lasts and laces… As owner and head designer of Grenson, he has mastered modern footwear and then some. Back in the 1990s Tim was working in advertising, and made the transition to shoemaking slowly, going back and forth to Northamptonshire (home of Loake, Church’s and all that matters in British shoemaking) over a period of two years with individual designs until he had enough for the eight-piece collection with which he launched his own brand, Tim Little, in 1997. His aim was ‘English shoes without the cobwebs’ – modern footwear that united the best craftsmen with up-to-date design.

As well making shoes in the traditional way, Tim knows the tricks to keeping them sweet, so we asked him for his three top tips on brogue maintenance.


Tim Little; 560 Kings Road, London SW6 2DZ (020 7736 1999; www.timlittle.com)

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