So here's something interesting.
A couple of months ago, I visited P.Lal and bought a couple of pairs of shoes, being C&J Connaughts and a pair that were on the "Cheaney seconds" shelf. Here's a couple of pics of the latter:
The SA that sold them told me they were "Cheaney samples from about 2008."
Well, the other day I got curious and did a Google search for Cheaney monkstraps. I couldn't find anything that looked similar. What I did find were these:
They're the Edward Green Stowe, made on the 888 last, according to my research.
So, here's a pic of the inside markings of my shoes:
888 definitely gets a mention, as you can see.
So, my question is, have I picked up a pair of EG's for the bargain price of 699MYR? I'd be interested to hear from anyone who can shed any light on this.
You very possibly could have. However, there *might* be another explanation.
I know that Cheaney used to make some shoes on other makers' lasts. We were talking about the Church's 73 here coincidentally a little while back. I remember Cheaney made some models on the "2003" last which was actually the Church's 73. So they do have a history of sharing lasts with other makers.
The 3 in front of the 888 may indicate a Cheaney model on the EG 888 last? I have no way of knowing for sure, but it *could* be the case that Cheaney made some special order shoes for a particular retailer, and used EG's last for the shoe.
Some of the other members more familiar with Cheaney might have concrete info for you rather than speculation. You might want to post this one to the rest of the forum as the knowledge out there is probably superior to what it is in here on such matters. You might also contact Cheaney's direct - generally the Poms are a pretty helpful bunch and will answer your queries about their shoes.
Let us know if you ever find out.
And nice shoes by the way. fxh will approve of the high buckle position.