Northamptonshire is renowned as the home of quality English shoemaking. There you will find Cheaney & Sons, a
well-respected shoe manufacturer since 1886. Cheaney & Sons is famed for its traditional brogues, and is responsible for Mulberry lace-up brogues, our style for women based on a classic gentleman’s shoe.
Cheaney & Sons has a distinguished British history. The factory was kept very busy in the First World War, producing about 2500 pairs per week of stitched and screwed boots and shoes. Building on this success, the company continued to flourish, even through the lean post-war years and the global depression of the 1930s. Production was modernised, whilst retaining the same handcrafting methods and the distribution base was broadened to include the major cities of the United Kingdom.
The method used by Cheaney to makes its shoes is called the Goodyear welting technique – a very durable method of shoemaking. It is primarily a method of joining the “upper” and the sole, and is known as Goodyear Welt because the inventor of the machine to carry out the process was the son of Charles Goodyear. It takes around eight weeks and around 160 hand or hand tool operations to make a pair of Cheaney shoes, as they pass from one ‘Room’ (as the various departments are known) to another. The Mulberry range of Goodyear welted ladies’ brogues features unique heart shaped punching on the brogue detail.
Did you know? The term ‘brogue’ derives from the Gaelic word ‘Bróg’ taken from the old Norse ‘Brók’ meaning leg covering. It originated in the 1580s in the peat bogs of Ireland when people found that perforations in the leather helped the moisture drain more quickly from their shoes.