Okay, so after my long post regarding James Bond parties I was in the mood to continue writing. Last week I received 3 pairs of Cheaney shoes that I bought in their winter sale. I kept one pair in size 10, returned the 2 pairs that I ordered in size 10.5 and am waiting for the arrival of another pair in size 10 now that I know what size I need.
The last few years I have bought 3 pairs of Church’s shoes (Consul, Chetwynd and Ryder III) but decided to start looking for another brand after an issue I had with my last purchase (Ryder III). Also I wanted some shoes on Dainite soles because the weather in the Netherlands and my 30 minute walk to work is quite hard on leather soles. Church’s doesn’t make any dress shoes on Dainite soles so I had to look elsewhere. As a Bond fan my next logical step was to turn to Crockett & Jones. However, for some reason my feet don’t match the lasts of C&J. I tried quite a few but none of them felt good like the 173 last of Church’s. So I kept looking for another option. Somewhere along the way I learned about Cheaney.
As a bit of history, Joseph Cheaney and sons has been making shoes in Northamptonshire since 1896 and are owned by Jonathan and William Church who bought the company in 2009 from Prada who own Church’s. Their classic latst like the 125 and 6184 are a bit wider in the toebox than other brands which suits my feet better than the elongated lasts of C&J. They also make shoes for Herring shoes. Although their shoes are not cheap they are cheaper than C&J and Church’s, made in England by a reputable manufacturer and they have a sale twice a year.
So far I am really happy with my pair of Kelmarsh (black semi brogue oxfords) and hope my Harringtons (black cap toe oxfords) will arrive soon. They are built on the same last so I expect the fit to be the same.
Just a disclaimer, I am in no way related to Cheaney nor will I profit from any shoes they sell to fellow Bond fans. Again, these shoes are not the most budget friendly, but might be a good alternative to other English brands when for some reason you are looking for something else than Crockett & Jones or Church’s. I will post some alternatives to the shoes Bond wore, most of these will have a clasiic, rounded shape. However, they do make quite a lot of contemporary (sleeker, pointier) shapes as well.
Some Bond alternatives. If interested it might be a good idea to compare the prices on Cheaney’s own site to a site like Herringshoes.co.uk because often (when not on sale on Cheaney’s own site) Herring shoes is quite a bit cheaper especially for people outside the UK.
Arthur III Alternative to the Church’s Chetwynd (GoldenEye)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … leather-p5
Jackie III Alternative to Church’s Ryder III (QoS)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … itting-p99
Moorgate Alternative to Church’s Presley (TWINE) (more alternatives on the site)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … eather-p36
Wilfred Alternative to Church's Diplomat (GoldenEye)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … eather-p28
Fenchurch Alternative to Church’s Philip (QoS)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … r-sole-p32
Shadwell Alternative to C&J Tetbury (Skyfall)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … eather-p38
One last addition, Berkeley as an alternative to the Crockett & Jones Alex
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … leather-p1
Last edited by Peppermill (Yesterday 21:01)
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