Cheaney leather uppers quality

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  1. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Quadcammer Senior member

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

    all in all, quite nice.
     
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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.
     
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    poincare0 Well-Known Member

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    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
     
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    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    This is bollocks unfortunately.
     
  8. Northampton Novice

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    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


    Considering the price and quality of the FS029 - which is exclusively made for the Cheaney factory shop, it's a really good investment.
     
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    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.
     
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    The Imperial line leather upper is of a higher quality than the standard line.
     
  11. poincare0

    poincare0 Well-Known Member

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    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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