About Us

GRS Footwear (George Rye & Sons Ltd) has its roots deep in the heritage of the UK footwear industry, with the Company being originally established in 1880, over 130 years ago.

The original 'George Rye' moved from Northampton, the traditional heart of the shoe industry, northwards to Newcastle upon Tyne where he opened a business supplying shoe materials & components to the shoemakers and repairers in the region.

The business steadily grew and in 1928 (Picture shown) the Company had a wholesale & retail premises right in the heart of the busiest retail street in the City.

As the world and fashions have changed through the decades, so has the Company, with the latest development being the opening of the new purpose built GRS Head Office & Distribution Centre on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Through the generations the Company has passed from father to son right up to the present day giving GRS a unique 130 year heritage of being in the same direct line of ownership.

The current Directors began to develop the 'Lunar' brand in 1990 and it can now be found in many leading department stores, boutiques, mail order catalogues & good independent retailers across the UK & Europe.

The Lunar design team believes that you are as passionate about shoes as we are and strives to bring you unique seasonal designs, incorporating the best trims in the latest colours - created using the best available materials at an affordable price. It's not an easy job! That's why we say: 'Love shoes, love Lunar'.

At the Annual 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Footwear awards, GRS were delighted to win both 'Outdoor Brand of the Year' for Grisport, while Lunar was also voted 'Fashion Brand of the Year '. We are delighted to have been voted as winners by the industry of these two prestigious awards.