Joseph Cheaney & Sons
Shoes & Accessories

Joseph Cheaney & Sons

Respecting past heritage while whole-heartedly embracing the future

Joseph Cheaney & Sons has been producing some of the finest, handcrafted English shoes for over 130 years in the same Northamptonshire factory, which has been its headquarters since 1886. From initial pattern design, leather cutting and closing to the final polish, the eight- week process all takes place entirely under one roof, culminating in a Goodyear -welted product that is purely made in England. One-hundred and forty skilled craftsmen and women ensure that every process is proficiently executed with intricacy and finesse.

 

Founded by Joseph Cheaney and his son Arthur, the company initially focused on crafting shoes for some of the finest retailers around the world. The founder’s grandson, Joseph Humfrey Cheaney, realised that the company’s future lay in building its legacy under an eponymous label, and Cheaney was bought by Church & Co in 1964. Cousins Jonathan and William Church subsequently conducted a management buy-out of Cheaney from Church’s in 2009, which was by then, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prada.

Cheaney has provided footwear to productions on both the big and small screen, most recently the cult crime drama series Peaky Blinders

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‘Cheaney was a wonderful business,’ says Jonathan. ‘It had its own factory, its own machinery and its own workforce with skilled labour, which was absolutely critical. It was a good traditional heritage brand that was very well known in the industry, but less well known in the consumer market. It had all the right credentials, and we thought we could bring that back into the forefront.’

 

Cheaney remains committed to the traditional shoemaking processes fundamental to the integrity of producing Goodyear- welted footwear. Diversity of a quality, handcrafted product, combined with an attentive cultivation of the customer experience across all channels, including its strong digital presence, has allowed Cheaney to grow internationally. ‘We try to convey the same theatre of our shops across online,’ Jonathan adds, ‘and the brand makes use of sophisticated lifestyle imagery and design on the site to get this across.’

 

The global desire for quintessentially British shoes has seen demand in international markets expand exponentially in recent years, with Japan proving the biggest overseas market. This dedication to quality and British manufacturing was recognised when Cheaney was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in 2016.

The brand supplies to 100 stockists in Britain and 200 internationally, and operates eight standalone stores in London, with a ninth opening soon in Marylebone. Each store’s design amalgamates Cheaney’s heritage with a fresh, minimalistic aesthetic, and its recently opened Coal Drops Yard store scooped Best Store Design in Draper’s 2019 Footwear Awards.

Cheaney is best known for its timeless brogues and boots, which appeal to both private consumer and commercial buyer, with Cheaney providing footwear to productions on both the big and small screen, most recently the cult crime drama series Peaky Blinders.

The notion of a quality, investment purchase is one that resonates strongly with the Cheaney customer, and almost all Cheaney footwear can be refurbished. Providing the original material is in workable condition, Cheaney has refurbished shoes that are decades old, with customers stating that they have been passed down from grandfathers and fathers to be enjoyed and celebrated by another generation.

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