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Cheaney leather uppers quality

post #1 of 11
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Im interested in trying out some Cheaneys since they appear to have revamped their lines. I was wondering if anyone has experience with the Imperial line. More specifically the quality of the leather uppers compared to their othe lines (i.e., Cheaney of England). I know the soles of the Imperial line is obviously made with better quality but I wonder if the uppers are also made of better calf leather.
post #2 of 11
There was some conjecture about Cheaney using leather from India of an inferior quality, supposedly to include the Imperial range. I cannot speak to its veracity.
post #3 of 11
Don't believe there is any truth in this. The Cheaney Imperial line is under-rated IMHO, but Cheaney themselves are part responsible for this by not promoting the line successfully.

I own several models including an MTO my only complaint is the fiddle back waist - it is too prominent and almost fin like. Whilst I prefer the AS fiddle, I prefer the aesthetics & leather on my imperials.
post #4 of 11
my standard Cheaney shoes have leathers, imho, similar (if perhaps negligibly below) to C&J benchgrades.

all in all, quite nice.
post #5 of 11
The only Cheaney shoes that I have are the venerable FS029 that took the forum by storm a year or so ago. I found the leather quality to be excellent for the price range, although definitely not up to par with the likes of C&J. With that said, the leather has held up beautifully, despite the boots being worn often and not being very well taken care of.
post #6 of 11

Cheaney today is a 'buy at your own risk' kind of proposition

 

they are definitely exploring the bottom of the market with some shoes i have seen- but god knows whether that is a trend affecting all lines

 

bottom line: dont risk it unless you 'have' to

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by poincare0 View Post

bottom line: dont risk it unless you 'have' to

This is bollocks unfortunately.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

my standard Cheaney shoes have leathers, imho, similar (if perhaps negligibly below) to C&J benchgrades.
all in all, quite nice.

Agree -the standard line leather is just a small notch below benchgrade and the overall finishing & stitching too. But the price point is significantly lower too. Good value IMHO
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The only Cheaney shoes that I have are the venerable FS029 that took the forum by storm a year or so ago. I found the leather quality to be excellent for the price range, although definitely not up to par with the likes of C&J. With that said, the leather has held up beautifully, despite the boots being worn often and not being very well taken care of.

Considering the price and quality of the FS029 - which is exclusively made for the Cheaney factory shop, it's a really good investment.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the feedback. Since they are having a sale, I was thinking of trying out a pair. They have a pair from the Imperial line and a couple from the Cheaney of England (CoE) with the same burnish uppers. I know the fiddleback sole and finish demand an upcharge for the Imperial. However, I live in NYC and those soles will be done in about 2 to 3 years which then I would need to re-sole them.

If the CoE leather quality is anywhere near C&J BG, then I might try it out. The difference of 65 pounds at least for me is not enough just for the Imperial sole aesthetics.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post

Thanks for all the feedback. Since they are having a sale, I was thinking of trying out a pair. They have a pair from the Imperial line and a couple from the Cheaney of England (CoE) with the same burnish uppers. I know the fiddleback sole and finish demand an upcharge for the Imperial. However, I live in NYC and those soles will be done in about 2 to 3 years which then I would need to re-sole them.
If the CoE leather quality is anywhere near C&J BG, then I might try it out. The difference of 65 pounds at least for me is not enough just for the Imperial sole aesthetics.

The Imperial line leather upper is of a higher quality than the standard line.
post #11 of 11
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This is bollocks unfortunately.


why is that so Mr Ich?

 

How many Cheaney shoes have you handled personally, in say the last 9 months?

 

I have had the 'pleasure' many times and even purchased 3 pairs and stand by my opinion. (Naturally I made sure I payed the 'right' price)

 

As for the 'bullocks' I fear you may be referring to your current offerings - unfortunately

 

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