Yet while these processes have a quickness and rhythm to them, there is an obvious patience and dedication to the task. Every part of the shoe is fashioned and guided by the human hand and human eye, by a deep understanding of how leather handles. This attention to detail shows in the finished article.
However, we don’t simply admire Cheaney shoes for their handcrafted beauty – we love them, too, for their longevity and steadfastness. All Cheaney shoes are Goodyear welted (the welt is a strip of leather that is stitched to the upper and insole of the shoe, as an attachment point for the sole) which means they can be resoled repeatedly and given a lifespan of many years, sometimes decades. The cavity between the welt and the insole is filled with soft cork, providing underfoot cushioning that adapts to the shape of the foot with time – so the more a Goodyear welted shoe is worn, the more comfortable it becomes.
At TOAST we take it as a privilege and a joy to be able to collaborate with Cheaney, to be a small part in the sustenance of such a good – and increasingly rare – tradition.