Cheaney & Sons are a popular manufacturer of fine leather footwear. Their journey started back in 1886 by Joseph Cheaney and in 1896, along with his son Arthur, they moved into the Northamptonshire based factory that the company occupies today. The Cheany Tweed R Wingcap boot is a lovely brogue high ankle lace boot. However, this boot will cost £395, are they worth the money? Today we will compare the Cheaney Tweed R Wingcap to the De Winter Bodiam.
What do you get with the Cheaney Tweed R Wingcap.
The Tweed R Wingcap in dark leaf calf is a lovely high ankle brogue lace boot, entirely made in England. The boot is fully leather lined and made on Cheaney’s 12508 last that provides a generous, rounded toe. This Cheaney has 5 eyelets and 3 ski hooks so will grip the foot well. The Tweed R Wingcap is either Goodyear welted with Dainite rubber soles or Commando rubber soles. Both variants feature a storm welt for added weather resistant properties.
What do you get with the De Winter Bodiam.
The De Winter Bodiam in brown waxed grain calf is also a lovely high ankle brogue lace boot. Entirely made in England at the Sanders & Sanders factory based in Northamptonshire, established 1873. The Bodiam, like the Cheaney, is fully leather lined but made on our Hurst last, providing an elegant toe shape. The Bodiam has 4 eyelets and 3 ski hooks so will also grip the foot well. All our De Winter boots are Goodyear welted and the Bodiam is Goodyear welted with rubber soles from the Itshide factory. The Itshide factory was established in in 1863 and their rubber soles are equally as hard wearing as Dainite soles. The Bodiam also features a storm welt for added weather resistant properties. However, the oil and waxed fed grain of the Bodiam adds extra weather proofing properties and if maintained will ensure the boot ages beautifully.
So why choose the Bodiam over the Tweed R Wingcap?
It’s quite simple really. Both these boots are high quality and beautifully designed. However, a pair of Cheaney Tweed R Wingcaps will cost you £395 whereas a pair of De Winter Bodiams will only cost you £241. Perhaps, with Cheaney you’re paying rather a premium for the name!