In 1886, Joseph Cheaney established the company and three years later - along with his son Arthur - they moved to the site which the factory still occupies today.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Harold Cheaney joined his father and brother in the business, which led to the company name changing to J. Cheaney & Sons in 1903.
During the first 80 years of business, the factory-made shoes exclusively for some of the finest retailers around the world, branded to their individual company requirements.
It wasn’t until Joseph Humfrey Cheaney, the founder’s grandson realised that the company’s future laid in building up its own Cheaney brand, and it was then (2009) that the company was sold to Jonathan and William Church, of Church’s English Shoes whose family have been making fine shoes for five generations. The Cheaney brand then became available to retailers all over the world.
In 2016 Cheaney won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. This award is given only to companies or individuals who are outstanding in their field and this is the third time Cheaney had been given this honour with previous times being in 1966 and 1971.
See below some of our favourites from the Cheaney range.
Wilfred Oxford Brogues
A classic constructed Oxford shoe, the Cheaney Wilfred is a semi brogue crafted from calf leather. Still featuring the intricate perforation detail, but with a capped toe, these shoes are striking enough to catch the eye but subtle enough to wear for business or weekend attire. Fitted with a Goodyear welted construction, the shoes are durable and comfortable with inner leather linings for extra warmth and protection. A great addition to any gentleman’s wardrobe, the Cheaney Wilfred is a casual but versatile shoe.
Jackie III R Chukka Boots
Following its tradition, the Cheaney Jackie III are smart-casual Chukka boots that suit both a military or casual style. With grain leather uppers and leather linings – including the insole – these boots offer maximum comfort throughout wear. For durability a dainite Goodyear-welted rubber sole and heel will protect the feet as well as offering stability. The three-eyelet open lacing system allows you to choose the tightness of the boot and can therefore give you extra space if you like to tuck your trousers in.
Cairngorm II R Derby Shoes
Described as 'being built like a brick but weighing nothing at all', the Cheaney Cairngorm II R are a pair of country derby shoes fit for a stylish gent. With a bellows tongue and lace fastening, the security of the shoe is up to you. The commando rubber sole is great for stomping through bad weather offering grip and stability, while the high-quality leather uppers and linings are practical yet super warm. Available in burgundy, the black stitching gives off a charming profile that pleases the eye.
Tamar C Chelsea Boots
Chunky and funky, the Cheaney Tamar C Chelsea boot is a style that will never go out of fashion. With delicate brogue detailing on the grain leather upper, the Goodyear-welted commando rubber sole is just as desirable as the top of the boot. With a two-tone effect, the sole is aesthetically pleasing as well as practical. Let’s not forget the elasticated panels which allow for flexibility when wearing your eye-catching boots, as well as the rear pull tab which helps to take the boots on and off with ease.
Whether you’re a Chelsea or a Chukka kind of guy or you really just desire a new addition to your wardrobe, Cheaney can provide the traditional or the contemporary depending on your own personal style.
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