The Grant Stone story began and continues in Xiamen, China. Co-founder Wyatt Gilmore spent 8 years in the Xiamen factory, learning the craft and Chinese culture en route to creating Grant Stone in 2016.
Known for its natural harbors, esteemed university and subtropical climate, Xiamen has become one of the most desired cities in China. Our factory is now one of the last on the island.
Together, we identified the opportunity to build Goodyear welt footwear using premium leather components, direct to consumer.
After 14 years racing motocross in the U.S., Wyatt decided to focus his efforts in the footwear industry. He was introduced thanks to his family’s deep roots in Goodyear welt footwear. Wyatt spent time at tanneries, upscale shoe retailers and attended D.W. Frommer’s bespoke boot-making school.
At age 20, he traveled to Xiamen, China where he began an internship at a Goodyear-welt boot factory. Over the years he developed a deep interest in the craft, learning the Chinese language and culture. This passion for the industry, along with a desire for unique challenges, has pushed him to pursue Grant Stone.
Born and raised in Michigan, Josh has always been a competitor, as he has shown through his devotion to motocross, collegiate basketball, boxing and golf through the years. Josh worked in hospitality at the Marco Island Marriott, utilizing his exceptional people and communication skills.
Jumping at the opportunity to join Grant Stone, he made the trip to Xiamen, China to visit the factory. There, he was able to establish an understanding of boot-making while experiencing Chinese culture.
Josh carries the Grant Stone mission: to build quality footwear that can be worn for decades.
With over 35 years in the Orthopedic and dress shoe welt business, Randy has a true understanding of proper last fitting techniques and foot biomechanics. He worked for one of the most prolific men’s dress shoe companies in the world for many years before venturing to China in the mid 90's.
Randy's vision is to build shoes he personally desires, understands and honors by utilizing proven old world methods. Grant Stone shoes and boots, manufactured in Xiamen, China, meet and exceed his vision of a “no apologies needed” end product.
Randy’s innovation and out-of-the-box thinking is the cornerstone of Grant Stone.