Edward Green is known for making some of the finest leather dress shoes in the world. In this video, Kirby Allison takes a look inside the Edward Green flagship boutique on Jermyn Street in London. Step inside the Jermyn Street shop with us and learn about popular models and styles and finally look at Edward Green's Top Drawer collection, which are some of the finest ready-to-wear shoes made in the world.
Edward Green is an English shoemaker founded in 1890. Edward Green is based in Northampton, England. The level of handwork involved in production is very high and only around 250 pairs of shoes are completed a week.
In 1890, Edward Green began to make hand-crafted shoes for gentlemen in a small factory in Northampton.
The company was sold in 1977 by Green’s nephew, Michael Green to an American leather entrepreneur, Marley Hodgson, but financial problems continued and it was sold for a single British pound to another bespoke shoemaker, John Hlustik, an expert at finishing who is often credited with making brown shoes acceptable to British gentlemen. Upon Hlustik’s death in 2000, the company was willed to his partner, Hilary Freeman.
During the 1930s, Edward Green was one of the largest manufacturers of officers' boots for the British Army. Their shoes have also been selected by such clients as the Duke of Windsor, Ernest Hemingway and Cole Porter.
Edward Green shoes are available from their own shops in Jermyn Street in London and on the Boulevard St Germain in Paris, as well as stores around the world such as Double Monk in Melbourne, Isetan in Japan, Matches in Wimbledon Village, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and Unipair in Seoul, .
MR EDWARD GREEN
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.