Every Cheaney shoe is developed in our Pattern Room. Our pattern makers consult with our MD’s, regional sales managers and our retail managers to ensure a wide collective of ideas are utilised. With such diverse input, the pattern makers are able to design shoes which build upon our more traditional styles, whilst also receiving feedback from our retail teams on what our customers would like to see, ensuring an eclectic amalgamation of both modern and traditional pieces.
The pattern is then masked on to a last and the finer details are carved out. The tape is then removed and flattened and the mean form of the last is calculated which is an average of that particular last. The prototype sample is then created and tested until it is agreed that all the measurements are precise, that the materials and design will withstand the production process and that all components merge together precisely before a bulk order is put into production.
Although the pattern room deals with each shoe in its infancy, the importance of ensuring that the fundamentals are calculated and constructed meticulously is of paramount importance, as any discrepancies will jeopardize the efficiency and fit of the shoe later on in the production line. As such, our pattern room manager Chris, who has been with Cheaney for 7 years, oversees this part of production with great accuracy and attention.