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Origin of Shipton & Heneage Shoes

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Shoe experts of SF,

 

Some previous posts about S&H shoes indicated that many of their offerings are just rebranded C&J, AS, and Grenson. However, I also found out that they also have a line of shoes made in Naples.

 

Is it safe to assume that if a pair of S&H shoes does not say "made in England," they are most likely of the lower quality italian line?

 

I recently purchased a pair of S&H chelsea boots off a forum, but they don't seem to correlate with any of the current offerings listing on the S&H site. 

 

Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/2GKEV#7

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 5
you could try identifying the original maker via the heel configuration (provided they are original), and the last/labeling on the lining near the heel
post #3 of 5
I was thinking about cheaney or barker.
I saw at least 4 models made by cheaney on the shipton website.

And regarding their hypothetical line made in Naple the unique name that comes to my mind is Campanile
http://www.campanile1.com/ but I don't think it's a model in their style.
Do you know the company's name of Naple? I'm curious, as Naple is not known for making shoes
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I understand Shipton and Heneage have a good record in replying to enquiries about the origins of their shoes.

You say their shoes are 'just' rebranded offerings, but I don't think S. and H. are passing themselves off as manufacturers. Their website says they 'supply' high quality shoes.
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Shipton and Heneage use a number of Northampton factories to make their shoes including Crockett & Jones, Cheaney, Sanders and at one stage Alfred Sargent. Now much of the cheaper items are made in Europe but all the expensive ones are still Northampton made. None of the shoes are Indian or Chinese unlike many of the cheaper mail-order offerings. When it comes to shoes you are likely to get what you pay for, it simply isn't possible to buy a decent goodyear welted shoe that is worth owning for less than around 180 quid, if you pay less, then compromises will have been made to quality, materials or workmanship or all three.

The factory gate price for a premium Northampton shoe is now well over 100 pounds.  

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