90-92 High Street
About Caroline Groves
“Combining intuition and alchemy, complex curves and multiple dynamics, shoemaking for me is to do with the head and the heart.”
Caroline Groves is dedicated to crafting handmade shoes of beauty and sophistication that blur the lines between fashion, art and fantasy. The brand is internationally renowned for luxury craftsmanship.
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. ”