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The Update: A Grenson Nanette Exclusive

The Update: A Grenson Nanette Exclusive

Grenson has been making shoes in England for 150 years. The iconic brand champions British design and craftsmanship and has a storied history of producing impeccably made boots, brogues and the famous Nanette. But whilst the heritage footwear label always upholds tradition, it also evolves with the times – something that owner and Creative Director Tim Little is passionate about. Cue: the FLANNELS exclusive Grenson Nanette, in our unique shade of pink. Part of our range of Pink exclusives designed to celebrate the opening of the FLANNELS London Oxford Street boutique, we’ve collaborated with the team at Grenson to bring you rose-tinted boots with a side of attitude. We caught up with Little to chat hiking, heritage and the perfect shade of pink.

Pink neon lights lighting a pair of black leather Grenson Nanette hiking-inspired boots with a chunky black sole, pink laces and a pink heel tab exclusive to FLANNELS
Pink neon lights lighting a pair of black leather Grenson Nanette hiking-inspired boots with a chunky black sole, pink laces and a pink heel tab exclusive to FLANNELS

Can you tell us a bit about the Grenson Nanette and how you went about designing this very special edition?

We first launched Nanette about two years ago as we had heard talk in New York that a trend was brewing for traditional hiking and mountain boots. At the time it seemed odd as the main trend was for white leather sneakers, but we went with it. We took the elements of traditional hikers, in particular the row of silver eyelets, and updated the idea with a super lightweight sole and high-quality leather. When we heard about the opportunity to make a special Nanette with Flannels we jumped at it, but wanted to take the main boot and add a flash of colour to make it unique without changing the essence of the original.

Pink neon lights lighting a pair of black leather Grenson Nanette hiking-inspired boots with a chunky black sole, pink laces and a pink heel tab exclusive to FLANNELS
Pink neon lights lighting a pair of black leather Grenson Nanette hiking-inspired boots with a chunky black sole, pink laces and a pink heel tab exclusive to FLANNELS

What sets a pair of Grenson boots apart from the rest?

We like to think that the combination of quality and modern design is the basis of what we do. Our quality comes from our heritage, but without a modern design aesthetic, it wouldn’t work.

How do you continue to innovate with styles like the Nanette whilst staying true to the brand’s heritage?

Nanette wasn’t a huge departure from our aesthetic as Grenson was making Hiking type boots many years ago, the key is that we made it modern. Innovation is the life blood of Grenson, but we always have one foot in our heritage. We always think, "this would be cool, but is it Grenson?” If it's cool but doesn’t feel like a Grenson product, it doesn't go ahead.

Pink neon lights lighting a pair of black leather Grenson Nanette hiking-inspired boots with a chunky black sole, pink laces and a pink heel tab exclusive to FLANNELS
Pink neon lights lighting a pair of black leather Grenson Nanette hiking-inspired boots with a chunky black sole, pink laces and a pink heel tab exclusive to FLANNELS