NEW PRESTIGE LEATHER COLLECTION

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Welcome to our new range of prestige leather boots, a high performance group of boots that also boast a high degree of style;

 The Alston

The Alston

The Alston is handcrafted in supple Iberian leather and fitted with a water resistant breathable membrane. It's iconic scalloped boot pull and leather zip tassel is complimented with leather detailing running the length of the zip and inner boot header for maximum comfort.  The boot is double stitched for strength with brogued detail for a unique country look. The Alstons chic lines and tailored ankle is flattering on the leg making it the sophisticated choice whether out in the city or out in the field.  Shod with a Vibram Blown rubber sole in a classic commando pattern for sure footed grip and lightweight.

 

 The Duxbury

The Duxbury

The Duxbury boot features a quilted leg with distinctive buckled top strap, external calve adjustment allows the boot to fit most legs. A soft, supple suede exterior with full grain Iberian leather vamp and trim. Fully lined the boot is waterproof to the base of the bellows. A Vibram Bibu blown rubber sole with a classic commando sole pattern give superior grip with lightweight for ultimate comfort. Effortlessly glamorous it’s the perfect addition to your wardrobe.

 Vibram's Bibu, commando style sole in lightweight blown rubber

Vibram's Bibu, commando style sole in lightweight blown rubber

 The Tatton

The Tatton

Introducing the Tatton a Chelsea Boot for women designed in luxurious brown suede. Following classic lines and a simplistic design, the Tatton is expertly crafted with supple leather throughout. The combination of the butter-soft, Iberian suede and contrasting elastic inserts offers a play in colour. The Tatton is set on a a rubber tipped leather heel for a comfortable lift, while our elegantly chiseled toe and slim leather sole gives a signature look and clean finish. This is a wardrobe essential of ultimate effortless versatility in both smart and casual wardrobes.

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Team Sommerville

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James (29), a talented 4-star eventer rider based in Yorkshire has been out competing on the professional circuit for many years against some of the top names and made his Badminton debut last May.

With a wealth of experience and a great team of horses including James’s main horse Talent, the start of the eventing season can’t come soon enough!

Said James: “I was so pleased that there was an opportunity to be part of the Grub’s team.

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“Grub’s Boots are always so comfy and definitely keep your feet warm when it’s bitterly cold outside during the winter months and you are out on the yard.”

David Foster, of Grub’s commented: “We are so excited to work with James and his team, they all work extremely hard and will make a valuable part of our team.

“We have a vast range boots ideal for being on the yard and walking the dogs, and with our brand attributes; #COMFORT, #GRIP, #WATERPROOF and #WARM we aim to continue to be brand leaders.”

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Grub’s Tackling Those Muddy Fields

 GRUBS FROSTLINE in AZURE BLUE

GRUBS FROSTLINE in AZURE BLUE

Jan Greene who lives in Bolton, loves to walk her three dogs around the fields and at Leverhulme Park, but at this time of year it can be difficult because of the weather and ground conditions. However with the help of her Grub’s Frostline Boots, Jan now has no problems at all.

Cold feet are one of the issues that Jan has struggled with ever since suffering from a heart attack and walking has always been an issue, where her feet are always extremely cold despite layering with socks.

Even with the fields currently being very wet and boggy, Jan tried the Frostline Boots and it was the first time her feet didn’t suffer from the cold and were warm, because of the 5.0 Technology™ which allows comfort and insulation below -10⁰C to +30⁰C.

 GRUBS FROSTLINES 'GO ANYWHERE' Boots

GRUBS FROSTLINES 'GO ANYWHERE' Boots

The Nitrocell™ footbed also has millions of microscopic nitrogen bubbles that insulate the wearers’ feet from cold surfaces.

Said Jan: “The boots were so comfy and I didn’t feel like I was being sucked down in to the mud like before with previous boots, I could walk with ease across the boggy fields.

“Walking up and down the slippery hills there was also no issue as I didn’t slip or fall over thanks to the sole having excellent grip. I really would recommend these boots!”

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USA Launch of Grubs Discover and Adventure in San Diego

 Discover (shoe) and Adventure (boot) centre of attention.

Discover (shoe) and Adventure (boot) centre of attention.

We are excited to share the news of the launch of our Fitness walking EXPLORE range in San Diego, California.  GRUBS and our partners VSI spent the first week of February in Sunny San Diego to launch the ADVENTURE, walking welly and DISCOVER walking shoe to VSI's Dealer network.

 Grubs spotlight booth was a hit with retailers

Grubs spotlight booth was a hit with retailers

Our Innovative EXPLORE walking concept was so well recieved that we were amazed at the response and it just goes to prove once again that the West Coast of the USA is at the cutting edge of new ideas and is where its at to find new trends in all markets.

 "Who let the ducks out!" Californian relaxed cheeky style.

"Who let the ducks out!" Californian relaxed cheeky style.

The relaxed atmosphere of the Town and Country resort in San Diego made for an easy Californian way to do business.  Discover shoes were the perfect footwear for spending the whole day on your feet.

 'Flamingo Lawn' relaxed 1950's Californian style Town and country Resort with cheeky touches.

'Flamingo Lawn' relaxed 1950's Californian style Town and country Resort with cheeky touches.

Our New Discover shoe has just arrived in stock #DiscoverTheDifference

 After twelve months of testing the new Discover shoe powered by Vibram has arrived. it is exclusively sold on  www.grubswarehouse.com  for the whole of February before being rolled out to selected partners in March.  Here are some of the highlights of this technology packed walking shoe:

After twelve months of testing the new Discover shoe powered by Vibram has arrived. it is exclusively sold on www.grubswarehouse.com for the whole of February before being rolled out to selected partners in March.

Here are some of the highlights of this technology packed walking shoe:

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RollinGait(TM) is a new technology that uses a constantly varied sole that rolls as you walk, actually propelling you forward through your stride, giving a fluidity to your motion and reducing discomfort in lower limbs and spine.

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Vibram's(TM) new SPHIKE or SPEED HIKE sole has a ground adaptive split heel designed to reduce impact stress and adapt to the ground surface underfoot.  It features a radial lug pattern for traversing slopes and directional chevron cleats for propulsion. A wide heel and forefoot ensures a sure footed anti-roll action.

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Heel and arch sit deep in the midsole forming a Stability-Cradle(TM) around the foot.  Unlike most shoe where the wears foot sits on top of the midsole,  the Discover wearers heel is cradled within it, preventing the foot over pronating.  The foot is kept in a safe neutral position well protected.

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The upper features a tough Diamond shaped Rip-Stop nylon upper material to stop snags and tears.  Toe and eyestay are reinforced with fused TPU layers that form a strong wipe clean layer in areas of stress and high abrasion. The Vibram(TM) sole wraps up to form a toe bumper for added protection.  Derby style lacing allows for both wide and Narrow feet with a bellows tongue to stop micro-gravel entering the shoe and a soft padded topline that fits snugly under the ankle.

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Discover is waterproof thanks to the HYDRI-FUSE breathable bootie lining which is heat fused to the upper to form a single tough and waterproof shoe.

GLENCOE SNOW

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We took advantage of the recent bad weather to do some winter testing of our new DISCOVER shoe. The Glen looked magnificent in its first coating of snow though its was much more wet ice at the lower levels. We walked up the glen from Glencoe village to the Falls of Glencoe which were in full flow.

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The walk was pretty tough going thanks to the amount of wet ice, not even our Vibram sole could cope with some sections and we had to creep up the edge of the road very delicately.

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Our feet however remained dry and very comfortable through out. A good test day. 

FROSTLINE Autumn Winter colours Landing soon

 Azure and Coral

Azure and Coral

Autumn is upon us and our new colours are landing this week. Three new colours are set to add some sparkle to your feet as the nights draw in.  Azure blue is a bright mid tone the is light on the eye and cool and calming.  Coral is a hot deep pinkish red that exudes the warmth the boots actually give.

 Shale (delivered without red sole) left.

Shale (delivered without red sole) left.

Shale is a deep grey with a purple tint that works well with neutral everyday colours such as denim and black.

 Frostlines in Coral and Shale work perfectly with muted colours

Frostlines in Coral and Shale work perfectly with muted colours

Available from mid September, our new colours  bring a light glow into the long dark nights of winter.

Interview with David Foster CEO of Grubs boots on the Background to the new Sport Equestri™ range.

Ciletto, Equi-trainer.

Q: We have seen a lot of the GRUBS® brand around the equine market, but are you new to making equestrian boots?

Not at all, we were the first to develop the neoprene boot in the riding market back in 2002 when we put a riding toe and sole on our popular stable boot.  Ten years later after many copies we updated the boot with our Rideline™ and Outline™ series of boots.  We put the much trimmer Outline sole on the boot which featured mid-foot support and a prominent heel for traditional riding and stable work, they are very popular.

   
  
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     Q: That’s interesting, so why have you developed this range of boots?   We support a full team of event riders including; Ingrid Klimke, Ben Hobday, Lissa Green and James Sommerville.  They were very happy with our general boots such as Frostline™, for field and stable work, but found our riding boots too hard for performance jumping.     We looked at the range of activities and the likes and dislikes of our riders to put together the outline of a range and then a specific requirements and performance features our professional riders need:     A soft and subtle ankle to allow them to sit with a correct foot position when jumping, heel down heel in with forefoot support and cushioning with a good amount of lower leg feel all without compromising on warmth.  To do this we needed to remove the layers of rubber that protect our other boot uppers.  We searched around and eventually came up with a fantastic material called Keprotec® from Schoeller® textiles: it combines materials such as Kevlar® and ballistic aramid fibres in a stretch matrix that give amazing snag and abrasion resistance while allowing stretch and twist.  Keprotec® has been used for a few years in motorcycle clothing on high wear areas so it is well tested and liked.  In fact it is so tough we had to put a layer of rubber on the inside of the Ramilo™ tall boot to protect the saddle.     We have retained rubber on the toe and heel, the toe rubber is cut ergonomically across the toe so it flexes with the foot at the ball.   A double layer of resin and rubber at the heel on Ramilo™ and moulded spur keeper give a snug heel cup that sits deep in the sidewall of the outsole for maximum heel stability in the jumping cycle.

Q: That’s interesting, so why have you developed this range of boots?

We support a full team of event riders including; Ingrid Klimke, Ben Hobday, Lissa Green and James Sommerville.  They were very happy with our general boots such as Frostline™, for field and stable work, but found our riding boots too hard for performance jumping.

 

We looked at the range of activities and the likes and dislikes of our riders to put together the outline of a range and then a specific requirements and performance features our professional riders need:

 

A soft and subtle ankle to allow them to sit with a correct foot position when jumping, heel down heel in with forefoot support and cushioning with a good amount of lower leg feel all without compromising on warmth.  To do this we needed to remove the layers of rubber that protect our other boot uppers.  We searched around and eventually came up with a fantastic material called Keprotec® from Schoeller® textiles: it combines materials such as Kevlar® and ballistic aramid fibres in a stretch matrix that give amazing snag and abrasion resistance while allowing stretch and twist.  Keprotec® has been used for a few years in motorcycle clothing on high wear areas so it is well tested and liked.  In fact it is so tough we had to put a layer of rubber on the inside of the Ramilo™ tall boot to protect the saddle.

 

We have retained rubber on the toe and heel, the toe rubber is cut ergonomically across the toe so it flexes with the foot at the ball.   A double layer of resin and rubber at the heel on Ramilo™ and moulded spur keeper give a snug heel cup that sits deep in the sidewall of the outsole for maximum heel stability in the jumping cycle.

Vibram sport-Equestri sole.

Q: You mentioned the sole, that’s very dramatic visually, tell us more about it?

Our Riders wanted a much lighter, more cushioned, more athletic feel with more grip.  Grubs® is all about ‘grip’ so we teamed up with our partners at Vibram®.  I have been working with Vibram® for over 30 years and understand their technical performance driven design philosophy very well.  We sat down with their designers and came up with an outsole that is light-years ahead of our competition:

 

We use their amazing XS TREK™ compound that has fantastic grip on all surfaces. The periphery of the whole sole is rounded so it doesn’t catch on the stirrup while the tread pattern is designed to work with high performance competition stirrups that traditional rubber-soled boots struggle to grip to, adding a high arch and prominent heel for a belt and braces approach.

 

The S-line™ cut through the sole allows it to flex with the foot in motion while a high side wall to the outsole is flex-notched to stabilise and support without impairing forefoot flex. 

 

The DURALITE™ midsole wraps up around the ball of the foot for heel support, ball support and protection from the stirrup. DURALITE™ also reduces weight and increases shock absorption for that magic carpet GRUBS® comfort.

Ramilo boot

Q: Sport EQUESTRI? Ramilo, Ciletto?  They are pretty unusual names, where did they come from?

When we approached Vibram® with the idea of an Equine Sport sole they named the project ‘SPORT EQUESTRI™’, its Italian for Equestrian Sport, we liked the sound and that’s why all the styles carry the ‘SE’ suffix.

 

Regarding the product names; Ramilo is our 4* horse and Ciletto is our 3* ridden again by Ben Hobday.  The graphic on the side of the boot is Ben on Ramilo!

Ben Hobday

Q: Wow! I didn’t know that GRUBS® was so involved with the sport?

My Family has been making shoes since 1776, eight generations!  My daughter works in the business, so that will make it nine. We have always been associated with sport, Samuel Foster, made the first studded cricket boot, my great-grandfather track spikes for the Olympic stars such as Abrams and Liddell.  My father and Uncle founded Reebok where I worked for ten years.  My grandfather made riding boots as well and my daughters ride semi-professionally.  So I guess it’s in our blood.

Ciletto Equi-Trainer and Ramilo Trainer boot are available from mid September 2017.

Far Arnside to Jenny Brown's point, Lancashire beach walk

We parked the car at Slverdale and walked through the fields towards Far Arnside before descending to the beach from Cove road and walking along the beach to Jenny Browns point. always check on the tides before undertaking any walk around Morecambe bay. We had a good couple of hours before the tide turned but stuck to the coast as there are a few small rivers that drain into the bay where the sand is very soft. It made for some good mixed terrain for out Vibram shod Discover shoes; grass, road, limestone, sand and a bit of seaweed all in an hours walking. a short stretch of road back to the car park rounded off a great afternoon.

 Morecambe Bay looking back to Far Arnside.

Morecambe Bay looking back to Far Arnside.

The Catbells direct

The weather has been much kinder to us today, so we decided to tackle catbells direct. Don't be fooled by the name this is a sharp ascent with some scrambling and I haven't done that for 15 years. We set out from Keswick via Portinscale and then through the beautiful woodland of Fawe Park to arrive at the base of the Skelgill ridge. A steep climb to 338 metres with a little scramble gets you on to the ridge. Jan had spaniel assistance and left me with the rucksack for dead. We cruised the busy ridge with ease until we hit the steep scree and short scramble up to 451 metres an Catbells proper! Our Discover shoe were fantastic on loose scree and scrambling up rocks firm footed and full of grip thanks to their Vibram soles. Quite a few hikers asked us what they were. As we moved past them in their clumpy boots. After the summit we descended rapidly like mountain goats to the Derwentwater side surefooted thanks to the cupped sole and midfoot rolingait system 14km of tough Lakeland fell covered in just over five hours. I think Daisy our Spaniel wishes she had some Discover shoes as she's absolutely shattered.

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