Founder Caroline is a master shoemaker and creative visionary, establishing her eponymous couture footwear company in 2003. True to traditional techniques, Caroline Groves’ shoes are hand-sculpted, wearable collector’s items. Her passion for, and knowledge of leatherwork, needlecraft and textiles expresses the individual character of her creations, fusing a diverse range of influences into a style of rare originality.
" Many complimentary words have been written and said about my work over the years, however I don’t think any words or photos can really convey the nature of my work. In the same way that people talk about the fabulous quality, weight and feel of fabrics when they have it in their hands, I have had people say that to hold one of my boots in their hands or to hold it to their chest is like hugging a little pet! The smell of the veg tanned leather, the silk linings, the attention to detail, the lack of any man-made reinforcements, the hand welting and the absence of toxic glues give each shoe real soul. The ‘building’ of my footwear really is more akin to the construction of a musical instrument or a fine piece of furniture, it is not an assembly process. I wish to retain that ‘soul’ that I always talk about. Nothing feeds it as much as the feeling I get when a client tries on, for the first time, something I have created just for her. "
All our shoes and boots have upper
leathers sourced from the world's
finest tanneries. Leather for insoles,
soles, welting and stiffening from
the last specialist oak bark tannery
in the UK. Our shoelaces are made
for us in France.
Our upper leathers are sourced from Italy in
the main. We work with suppliers who have
the quality and traceability certificate from
the ICEC (Istituto di certificazione per l’area
della pelle – Institute Certification for leather), the highest accreditation in the world for this sector. Each piece is hand-selected to our specifications to ensure the highest quality, and the production process is optimised to reduce energy and water consumption.
Caroline Groves advocates safe and
inspirational surroundings for our artisans.
Our bespoke and small artisanal
limited-edition production process means we
avoid any issues of over-production, making
timeless pieces that will be cherished for
many years to come.