This week brings together English craftspeople as we collaborate with premium trainer brand Goral. Working together we have re-worked one of their iconic styles ‘The Boulsover’ in three new colourways with a Cheaney Twist.
In 1936 Franciszek Goral opened his first small workshop to handcraft shoes for the local villagers. Since then, GORAL’s passion for high quality shoemaking has been passed down through four generations of the Goral family and remains a family business today.
British manufacturing has long been recognised as a sign of superior craftsmanship. The GORAL workshop, based in Sheffield, strives to maintain that reputation by putting quality and sustainability first.
All of Goral production happens on English soil. This means they can guarantee that GORAL meets the standard that is expected of ‘Made in England’ footwear.
For over eighty years, footwear created by GORAL has been crafted with skill and precision. Their team consists of 40 skilled craftsmen, many of whom have been with them for over 20 years, are intrinsically part of GORAL.
Goral’s traditional method of crafting footwear is the same as it was over 80 years ago. Aside from being handcrafted, each trainer is quality checked by a GORAL craftsman. Industry acclaimed Master Craftsmen have perfected their approach, resulting in high-quality footwear time after time.
The Trainer being made at Gorals UK Factory
The Steel Trainer
This collection unites classic colours of our chosen CF Stead Suede on a contemporary silhouette, incorporating heritage and modernity with Cheaney values and Goral craftsmanship.
We carefully selected intricate elements to create the trainer to be our own. The Union Jack Flag embossed on the tongue is subtle touch but really embraces the Made in England statement, that both brands are renown for. Paired with the dual branded sole this trainer from top to bottom asserts British Manufacturing.
As we make our way to the back of the trainer we incorporated our traditional Cheaney fleur-de-lis centre design punched in on the heel tab. The design finds itself on the toe of many of our classic brogues like Arthur & Edwin. To see it freshened up in a new placement on this modern silhouette seises innovation.
UK Sourced Suede from Charles F Stead
Finally, we sourced the suede and leather for this collaboration from the world renowned Leeds based tannery Charles F Stead, which is based only a 30 minute drive from the Goral factory in Sheffield. The tannery works with the most luxurious shoe brands in the world – the quality and softness is felt in every touch.
We use a selection of young calf skin with a sumptuous silky suede side and a natural full grain, aniline reverse. Primarily intended as a suede, the grain side is used as a trim. The handle of Janus is a touch firmer and very lustrous compared to other suedes.