Shoemaker Tackles Industry’s Toughest Style

A shoe considered by cordwainers to be one of the most difficult to make has just been launched. The one-of-a-kind ‘Berkeley’ from British brand Joseph Cheaney & Sons is manufactured from a single piece of leather, using only one seam.

The lace-up is known to be notoriously tough to produce within the industry, crafted from a cut piece of unblemished calf leather with the joint discreetly placed at the heel.

Chris Munns, designer at the firm told FashionBeans: “Berkeley is an updated interpretation of the whole cut style. We’ve added six eyelets to extenuate the flowing contours of the elongated last.”

The shoe is part of a spring/summer collection from the brand, which recently opened a new store in London’s Spitalfields. The latest range has a traditional English theme, designed around summer days at Henley, Goodwood and Ascot.

Joseph Cheaney & Sons is based in Britain’s shoemaking capital, Northamptonshire; also home to Loake and Barker. The name has been behind hand-crafted footwear for more than 125 years.

As a company, it won Men’s Footwear Brand of The Year at the industry Drapers Awards in 2013 and has previously teamed up with the likes of Superdry and Barbour.

Cheaney shoes can be found at four London locations as well as online. The Berkeley style costs £375 and is available in burnished espresso and black calf.

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