I recently acquired some Cheaney shoes and noticed the leather has some faint "stripes" as can be seen in the picture. They don't look like stretch marks or scars to me, so I wondered if anyone here knows what it might be.
Check out the Herring premier collection: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-list.php?brandid=6&catid=43
Most of them are made by Cheaney. Also, check out their sales page, they sometimes have some nice deals on Cheaney and Barker shoes.
I would personally also avoid their shoes made by Loake since they have been quite disappointing quality wise (even their top 1880 range).
Check out http://www.styleforum.net/t/227731/quality-of-grenson-shoes for a recent thread about Grenson shoes. My advise: avoid their current line (all made in India now, none made in England).
I too was a huge Grenson fan, but moved over to Cheaney and Barker.
A resoling job fixed the issue. The shoes are gemmed the cobbler told me, disappointing for a Grenson Rose shoe. The gemming hadn't slipped, it was still fixed to the insole. So it was just a weird bent in the outsole it seems, probably due to the gait of the previous owner.
For who may be interested: I bought a pair of Grenson samples on Ebay last year and they still had the original tag attached from the factory in India (Kenmore Shoes, http://www.farida.co.in/group_companies.php#).