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Cold Weather Essentials

It’s brass, the possibility of snow is inevitable and you can’t keep wearing all your clothes at once to try and stay warm. Desperate times call for desperate measures and what you need is some reliable, durable and protective gear to see you through mother natures worst. Robust denim, a Thick jacket, cosy beanie, tough boots and of course the all-important colourful socks. Behold, the answer to all your winter woes.

Winter Clothing

Unless you plan on hibernating until spring has sprung then the threat of snow looming on the horizon may have you shaking in your suede shoes. When it comes to cold, wet, generally unpleasant weather the truth is you just can’t go wrong with a premium pair of leather boots. We chose the Avoriaz Jannu from Paraboot. Handmade in France for the toughest terrain the boots feature a padded collar and tongue for exceptional comfort as well as a double-stitched Norwegian welt commando sole for grip, support and sturdiness. Top it all off with some heavy duty striped laces and a rich waxy brown colour for a touch of mature styling and watch your icey fears melt away. But, of course what is a good pair of boots without a really nice set of socks to go with them? Luckily for us our cold weather fellow northerners across the pond, Norse Projects have just supplied us a fresh batch of their twisted cotton yarn socks in yellow, purple and, the colour we decided to opt for, red. Very nice indeed.

Paraboot Avoriaz Jannu Boots

Next on the list is a jacket. What jacket? The jokers among you may ask and for that, we’d give you a solid exhale from the nostrils and a firm shake of the head. But we aren’t here to joke around not when it comes to waiting for the bus in below freezing. We’re looking for water and wind resistance, a warm lining and plenty of embedded functionality, let us introduce you to the Wyndham parka from Canada Goose. With the brands signature down filling, a removable fur ruff lined hood, rib knit cuffs and a total of 6 pockets including, fleece lined hand warmers, the jacket is designed with extreme conditions and the coldest climates in mind. Finished with a two-way heavy duty zip with additional press stud flap and the Canada Goose patch to the arm this coat makes all the right moves when it comes to keeping you nice and toasty on your urban escapades.  Nipping out on a teabag run at work? No worries. Football match? See you there. The beach in -6°C? Lets do it.

Canada Goose Wyndham Parka

For those of us who have ever got caught in the rain in a pair of sweatpants we know it’s less than ideal. Couple this with the harsh frost ladened winds and you’ve got yourself a pretty abysmal time by all accounts. Well, try not to beat yourself up too much because, as we all know, after the rain comes a rainbow, in this case, a rainbow pair of selvage denim from Edwin. Cut from a 12.8oz denim with a mid-rise and relaxed, tapered fit, the jeans are robust enough to last you a lifetime without sacrificing on comfort. Made in the Kuroki Mill in Japan the denim is complete with signature Edwin branding to the back and some delightful stitch detailing.

Edwin Rainbow Selvage Denim Jeans

Did you know the majority of your heat escapes through your head? Well, that’s what everyone reckons anyway. Regardless throwing on a beanie at this time of year is never not a good idea. To finish our look off we decided to go for some subtle matching, pairing an olive Canada Goose beanie with the tones found throughout the camo patterning. Made from a thick 100% wool for both a quality fit and insulating properties, it boasts the unmistakable Canada Goose seal of approval to the front ensuring everyone you pass on the streets knows you mean business.

Canada Goose BeanieSo there we have it some of our top picks to see you through to the summer. You can find all of the products shown above online and in store right now as well as a wide offering of other boots, coats, legwear and accessories.

Danner Boots Store Visit

We recently took a visit from our good friend Frank from Danner UK for a primer on the brand, its provenance, and a hands-on experience on just what makes their boots so special.

Frank from Danner UK at Aphrodite Clothing

Unlike in the US, Danner has a relatively low profile in Europe – in fact, Danner’s UK distribution is handled by Frank and a sole business partner – so it was great to hear about the ins and outs of the brand from someone with so much passion and expertise. Not only that, but we were able to get a sneak preview of what’s to come for the next couple of seasons: keep your eyes on our social channels for more information soon!

Danner Boots in store at Aphrodite Clothing

Big thanks to Frank and Danner for taking the time to pay us a visit. Check out our Brand Guide to learn more about Danner for yourself, then shop the range to grab a pair of these fantastic boots.

Frank from Danner Boots UK

 

 

fracap boots

Fracap AW17 New Arrivals

The Italian brand  Fracap are renowned for their crafting of impeccable footwear. Ideal for all seasons, a pair of trusted Fracap boots would make a practical and timeless addition to your premium shoe collection. New styles have recently dropped here at Aphrodite, so we’re going to tell you all about them (we’re nice like that).

First up is the M120 Indian Suede Boot in Camel. A flawless silhouette in a light brown colour-way, with striking red laces to decorate. The Indian Suede boot is fully lined with leather, with hiking inspired eyelets and a flexible white vibram sole which also have a strong grip for the icy days. If you’d prefer a darker colour, the same silhouette is available in taupe, with a slightly darker vibram sole. The same boots are also available in a dark brown and yellow leather if you’d prefer a different look which will also make a statement.

Fracap Boots

The statement Scarponcino returns this season in a grey suede colour-way. With a clean look, the Scarponcino sits upon the durable Vibram sole to assist in the tough weather conditions.

Built to last, the Scarponcino is also available in a black leather colour-way, a staple colour-way which will match almost any laid-back outfit. A pair of Fracaps is just what you need if you like to see quality craftsmanship in your shoes.

Fracap

Fracap Boots

A wide range of designer boots for men are available from Aphrodite.

New Red Wing Styles Arrive for Autumn

Summer is rapidly approaching its end: with the chill in the air, out goes the lightweight wardrobe and in comes knitwear, heavier denim and more robust footwear. And as any boot aficionado will tell you, they don’t come much more robust than Red Wings.

For Autumn 2017, the Minnesota-based brand present a brace of new styles, along with reworkings of old favourites. The Rover boot, for instance, is a handsome boot that’s partway between the Iron Ranger and classic Round-Toe styles, and is made up in the brand’s oil-tanned Rough & Tough leather on a coffee-coloured Comfort Crepe sole for the perfect blend of versatile good looks and all day comfort.

Elsewhere we see subtle twists on the classics, with the 6” Moc Toe boot swapping out its white Cushion sole for a sleek black Traction Tred option, while the Iron Ranger boot is decked out in Hawthorne Muleskinner roughout leather, which combines the casual look of suede with the hardwearing nature of full-grain leather for the perfect autumn boot. Finally, the smart Blacksmith boot appears in both oil-tanned leather and the new Spitfire waxed roughout leather.

Whichever style catches your fancy, you’re ensured to be rewarded for your investment with a bulletproof, good-looking and timeless pair of boots. The new Red Wing collection is available from Aphrodite Clothing now.

Tim Little

Grenson Factory Tour

Grenson Factory Tour

Aphrodite recently had the privilege of receiving an invitation for a guided tour of the famous Grenson factory with a cheeky interview with the Owner and Creative Director Tim Little. Situated in Northampton, the most recent premises have been occupied by the brand since 2013, after the move in 1895, when the then owner William Green and his team had outgrown the previous premises. Needless to say, the new state of the art factory is a modern, warm, clean and efficient move for the company.

The factory is situated in a modern industrial estate and has all the hallmarks of a working factory. With the classic metal structure to the building, the front section has been given a wooden clad exterior, which has started to age beautifully while the Grenson branding and logo can be seen in contrasting red to the front – a simple representation of the brand and the products they create.

Grenson Factory

Tim Little interview

Upon arrival, we were greeted by some cheery staff then escorted straight up to meet Tim Little, the current Owner  and Creative Director of the brand. Tim bought out the previous owners, the Green family in 2010 and since then has evolved the business, opening more stores, adding high end accounts to their books, which in turn has Kickstarted their expansion into the highest quality wholesale distribution, and entered the digital world with an e-commerce website.
Aphrodite had the pleasure of interviewing Tim in his office and creative space. The office space had been designed with an open plan, free flowing feel with plenty of windows, which allows Tim  to overlook the entire factory.  Below shows a teaser of the Interview.

View the full Tim Little and Aphrodite Interview and supporting blog post

Factory floor tour

We were given our guided tour by a lovely chatty man called Roger Tiffnail. Roger has worked at Grenson for 35 years and has worked on all parts of the production process, but his current role is a pattern cutter. So who better to give us a tour, all questions we asked was answered without a second thought and he is a credit to the company. Thanks Roger!

The below video shows a behind the scenes look at the shoe making process at the Grenson factory.

One of the first things to hit us when we entered the factory floor was the noise and smell, a mixture of leather, chemicals greeted us. The full factory is one massive open floor space, split into sections for different procedures, prepping, assembling and finishing. Each section then has a number of sub sections, making the whole process a team effort.

  • Prepping
    • Cutting
    • Skiving
    • Perforating
    • Machine closing

Grenson Cutting

Grenson Tour

Grenson Perforating

  • Assembling
    • Welted (Triple welts)
    • Trimming
    • Cork filling
    • Neoprene cementing
    • Sole layering
    • Riveting

Grenson

Grenson Cork Filling

Grenson Tour

  • Finishing
    • Gentleman’s corner (cut to the heel)
    • Trim fore part
    • Edge colouring
    • Waxing
    • Creasing
    • Bottom scouring

Grenson Tour

Grenson Gentlemans Corner

Grenson

Grenson Tour

Grenson Footwear

The factory only make Triple welt styles and produce on average 30-50 pairs of shoes and boots a week. All parts of every shoe made in the Northampton factory are made at the factory, no parts are made in other countries and shipped in, so each and every shoe is 100% made in England, which is a massive selling point for the British brand. The factory also offer a repair service, with repairs on all types of Grensons being made here from new soles, to polishing to full services to bring some old favorites back to life.

Everyone at Aphrodite would just like to say a massive thank you to Grenson for giving us the opportunity to come and pester you for a day, especially Tim Little and Roger Tuffnail.

Aphrodite stock a wide range Grenson Shoes and Grenson Boots including Triple Welt styles which are available online and in-store.

 

Q&A with Tim Little of Grenson

Q&A with Grenson’s Owner and Creative Director, Tim Little

We were lucky enough to sit down with the Owner and Creative Director of Grenson Shoes, Tim Little, check out the full interview below:

What was it about Grenson that made you decide to take the brand on?

I think probably the main thing is the history, it was a company with wonderful and amazing history that hadn’t really told its story in the last 20 years or so. A lot of people didn’t know much about Grenson, I’ve known about the brand from when I was young, but hadn’t heard about it for a long time. So, delving back into the story of the brand and the company and seeing all this amazing history, that was it really, the opportunity to bring that out again.

What is the process of designing and creating a shoe?

The process starts always with an idea to me. I’m not somebody who sits down with a pencil and thinks, “how do I draw a great shoe?”, it’s more about an idea of a type of shoe. So we might think of something, if we took this brogue and put a chunky sole on it, or what if we put this and changed that leather? What if we made a last with a bulky toe or wide shape or really narrow? It kind of starts with a group of ideas, what if we did a hybrid between that type of shoe and this type of shoe and played around with it. It starts with all of these kind of ideas, there’s an in-house design team, we sit together and we go through the ideas, I’ll put in my various thoughts, they’ll put in theirs, we’ll say “can we make that work?”. They go off and draw a few things up, then we get into prototypes and things.

The bit where it really starts to happen is the prototype stage. As soon as we get the first prototype back from the factory you can immediately tell whether it’s going to work or not. Sometimes you look and think, “No, that’s completely not going to work, that was a bad idea.” Other times you will look at it and think, “Yeah with a few tweaks I think this might go in the right direction.”
So that’s how it starts, then the design team develop it further, do more and more prototype’s, lots and lots of tweaking. The sale’s team are always saying “the shows are coming up, you better hurry up”. We’re always making lots more changes, eventually the product is ready and it goes into production.

What is your personal favourite Grenson shoe?

That’s a really difficult question, I think probably, it would have to be the Archie triple welt. To me, that is like an exaggeration of the heart of Grenson. I wanted to do a shoe that was just everything Grenson was about and exaggerated it, so it’s a brogue but it’s got exaggerated big punching, it’s on a big wide last, it’s got this amazing handmade welt to it that has loads of hand work in it which shows all the craft, all the time and everything. I love that shoe, you look at it, you wear it and people notice it then ask you about it. I think that’s what Grenson is all about.

Grenson's Archie Triple Welt

Tim Little’s favourite Grenson shoe

Any Tips on how to look after your shoes?

There’s a thousand and one things you could do to look after your shoes better. The single most important thing is probably to rotate them, a really well made English shoe like ours, if you wear it every day, what happen is, it gets quite damp even if it’s hot. If it’s hot they get even more damp, because the moisture from you goes into the shoe. The shoe lasts about half the time when it’s wet, so if you walk around in a shoe that’s got moisture in the leather, the sole for example will wear out a lot quicker. If you can rest them and wear a shoe every other day, if you’ve got two pairs, three pairs even better. Put shoe trees in there, put them away and wear them a few days later, that’s important.

The other thing of course is use decent polish, not just a very waxy polish that sits on the surface to give it a high shine, but a polish that’s a little bit more of a leather food that soaks into the leather and keeps it really supple. It’s all about the leather, it’s a very natural product and looking after that leather is what it’s all about.

How did you come up with ‘the good shoe’ slogan?

That’s really easy, because someone came up with that in the 1930’s at Grenson. When I got here, one of the first things I did was get all the old brochures and catalogues out. I noticed from about 1930’s to the 1960-70s, all the catalogues and all the advertising that they did was this beautiful little slogan, “the good shoe” and I loved it because what’s so nice about it is, it’s so understated, it’s so English. It’s not saying, “the best shoe, the most incredible shoe, if you wear this shoe you’ll be fabulous” and all of that, just “The good shoe.” We thought, let’s just bring it back. We got our graphic design guys, we just want to do that logo, so give us a piece of artwork for it. They went away and redesigned it, but I said, “I don’t want it redesigned, I want it exactly like it was just recreated in the old type face.” And so, we use it all the time now, it feels really relevant even though it’s kind of 1930’s design, I love it.

Who is the most memorable person you’ve made shoes for?

When I first started making shoes under my own brand, I first started Tim Little in the 90s, I was doing like making shoes for Chelsea when they played in the cup final in 97 and stuff like that. But there’s this guy who is my hero called John Lee Hooker and I thought I’d really love to make shoes for him.
I contacted him through his agent, which took a long time, all my shoes are also named after blues songs, his agent asked for a catalogue, so we sent a catalogue and he chose a pair of Chelsea boots, they were called “slidewinder” and his agent called, saying he couldn’t get them on, he was quite old and they are quite difficult to pull on. He sent them back and said, “do you have any loafers?”, so I sent him a pair of loafers and the message came back saying they were perfect.
As he was putting them on, he saw on the inside that they were called, “Whiskey & Women”, which is the name of one of his songs. This was by chance, I hadn’t sent it for that reason, but apparently, he loved that. That was my favourite moment that he was walking around in a pair of my shoes.

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A big thank you to Tim and Grenson for the chance to get to know more about such a wonderful brand, if you want a pair of Grenson shoes, we stock a wide range at Aphrodite, shop here.

Diemme Autumn Winter 2016 Available Now

Diemme

Diemme return to Aphrodite stronger than ever for Autumn / Winter 2016. Consistently producing a wide spectrum of products, Diemme produce everything from low top sneakers to hiking boots that are designed for every day city life. For Autumn / Winter 2016, Diemme have maintained their ethos but have made some welcome changes to make their iconic silhouettes suitable for the colder months.

A welcome return to Aphrodite is the Diemme Marostica Low. A hiking inspired low top sneaker, the Marostica returns in two monochromatic colour ways that inspire elegance and simplicity. Constructed from a premium leather, the Marostica Low retains it’s reputation of being a comfortable every day sneaker whilst the unique hiking inspired lacing system gives it an edge against other silhouettes. Subtle branding can be found embossed to the tongue. Priced at £245, the Diemme Marostica Low in White & Black are available online and in-store.

Diemme Marostica Low White

Diemme Marostica Low White

Diemme Marostica Low White

Diemme Marostica Low Black

Additionally, Diemme have given us some new iterations of the classic Roccia Vet Boots. Perfect for the Winter months, the Diemme Roccia Vet isin leather pair and also nubuck. Retaining the same durable silhouette, the Roccia Vet features a full lace up front, thick sole and embossed branding to the side. A highlight of the Nubuck pair is the inclusion of a full fur lining to the inner that provides unparalleled comfort and warmth through the colder months. Although the leather pair doesn’t have this, it’s soft yet durable feel makes them perfect for the unpredictable weather that Winter brings.

Available online and in-store, the Diemme Roccia Vet Mogano Leather Boots and Diemme Roccia Vet Brown Nubuck Boots are priced at £269 and £289 respectively.

Diemme Roccia Vet Boots Brown

 

Diemme Roccia Vet Boots Brown

Diemme Roccia Vet Boots Mogano

Diemme Roccia Vet Boots Mogano

Grenson Limited Collection Celebrates 150 Years

Grenson

Founded in Rushden, Northamptonshire by a shoemaker name William Green in 1866, Grenson has became a symbol of English heritage and quality British manufacturing. Initially making shoes from his loft, Green quickly became recognised for not only the materials used, but the attention to detail that was paid to each shoe.

By continuing to construct with this ethos in mind, Grenson grew from strength to strength and being one of the first shoe makers to use of Goodyear welts allowed the brand to become a national success. This success meant that Grensons was ultimately responsible for hand crafting shoes for the British Army which could withstand the most brutal conditions imagineable and this effort only emphasised their clear British heritage.

Because of their rich history, Grensons has been a part of a whole range of trends and it is this first hand experience over the years that Grenson is focusing on to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Delving into their archives and painstakingly reproducing 8 shoes from over the years that define their history and their success.

One example of the collection is the Toe-cap Derby boot. Shoe 3 of the collection originally produced in the 1940’s as part of the war effort. Contracted by the Government, the Toe-cap Derby was worn by British Army foot soldiers and was extremely durable thanks the Grain leather used. They have painstakingly recreated the Derby boot with the same leather, same toe-cap and even the same sole print that was used in the 1940’s.

Shoe number 4 of the collection is also from the 1940’s but takes the form of a Wing-tip Oxford. The predecessor of Grenson’s brogues that they make today, Grenson have had to re-create the last that the shoe was built on for a truly authentic representation of the original shoe that came out 70 years ago.

Taking archived silhouettes and accurately making them again whilst also updating them for the needs of the modern day man has been a massive task but their England factory has managed to complete their objective. A nostalgic yet practical collection from the British brand, the Grenson Derby Boot and Grenson Wing-tip Oxford Brogues are available here.

Grenson Shoes

Grenson Boots

 

Yuketen Boots & Red Wing Shoes Lookbook | AW15

Yuketen Boots & Red Wing Shoes Lookbook | AW15

With Halloween on the horizon its time to treat yourself to a pair of new winter boots. There’s no trickery here with both Yuketen & Red Wing using the highest quality leathers and craftsmanship.  Styles feature are Yuketen Hunt Boots 6 Eye in Brown, Yuketen Eric Boots in BlackRed Wing Chukka Boots in Original and Red Wing Boots 8138 6″ Moc Toe in Briar Oil Slick.

Shop all of our Yuketen Boots & Red Wing Shoes

Samantha Carruthers is an Online Editor at Aphrodite. Find her on Google+