The Grenson Rushden range is made in India unfortunately and isn't up to much at all. You might check Jacksonshoes on eBay as they sometimes have fantastic offers on the Grenson Rose Collection shoes-made in this country to a very high standard and a totally different proposition. They used to sell them for £99 a pair at times.
I think you'll find the Sanders very good value for money.
The Barker is on a very square-shaped last that I find very unattractive in person but you might think competely differently. Do try and see an example of another shoe on that last before you buy, though.
Have you thought of mail order via the Northampton factory shops if you can't get there in person? You'll get much better deals from Barker and C&J etc that way. You might even get a pair of Barker Handcrafted collection shoes as a discontinued model from either the factory shop or the Regent Street store. The 396 last is great.
Hope that helps a little,
Thanks Chris, we spoke about this some year(s) ago!
Thanks for the many tips, there was a shoe in the Grenson Rose collection that i did really like, so I shall keep a look out. But one thing I want to do is head to a shop first and get fitted before looking to buy online, not just for Grenson's, but for all.
I'll try and have a look at the Barker shoe in person. When you mention their store for buying discontinued shoes, is that because Barker are known for heavily discounting, or, are other brands with retail stores also equally likely to have similar discounts?
Most importantly, I cannot seem to find any mail order links for the Northamptonshire stores themselves. I've had a search and a Google, but apologies if it's obvious and I have missed it.