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Issue 108 - The Sole Man

Whisky Magazine Issue 108
December 2012

 

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The Sole Man

Neil Ridley meets the shoemaker with a passion for whisky and the blues

For more than 10 years, Tim Little has been at the forefront of the resurgence in bespoke and handmade men's shoe making, proudly reviving the once highly revered English label, Grenson, first established in 1866. With a client list as diverse as Robbie Williams, Tina Turner, Ant and Dec, Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John, Little has recently turned his attentions to collaborating with the world of blended whisky.

As much as it pains me to say it, I definitely have a problem with buying shoes. But not because I dislike the actual process – far from it. Actually, it's because I love shoes a little bit too much. But then again, I defy any man to walk past the window of Tim Little's cosy London shop, situated on the King's Road in Chelsea, and not develop a funny warm feeling in their lower region. In fact, it's rather like the feeling most of us get when we peruse the shelves in a specialist whisky shop. Little has established himself as one of Britain's most cutting edge shoemakers; blending his traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design, and in doing so has created a range of shoes, which are not only beautiful objects of desire, but are hard wearing, dependable classics.

However alongside overseeing the hand tooling of his exquisite shoes at the company's main factory in Northampton (traditionally the hometown of English shoemaking) Little has recently partnered with Chivas Brothers to create the very first release in a series of limited edition bottlings under the ...

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