My shiney new Hudson penny loafers by Cheaney. Goodyear welt leather sole and fully leather lined. Hand crafted in calf, the shoe envolves nearly 200 stages of manufacture by some of the 120 skilled workers employed on the shop floor and takes about 6 weeks to complete each pair. The shoe is part of their leisure collection. I managed to get these online from Robinsons Shoes, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland on their end of season sale page. End of season sale, at the start of spring, for loafers. Perfect! http://www.robinsonsshoes.com/ Shipping was fast but I didn’t get a reply to my email asking if they can send as a gift, maybe ringing them would have been better. Those very nice people at the TOLL charged me 277knr (£27ish) tax.
Joseph Cheaney & Sons, founded in 1886 by Joseph and Arthur Cheaney has made its shoes on the same site in the small town of Desborough, Northamptonshire since 1889. As well as RTW the firm makes shoe care products and has a made to order service. They also offer a refurbishment service, removing the soles, heels, welts and even the insoles if need be. The shoes are then reconstructed to original spec and then re-finished. They have 3 flagship stores in London and their shoes can be found in quality shoe stockists thoughout the world. They also have a factory shop which may be worth a visit. Opening hours are 10:00-17:00 mon-fri and 10:00-16:00 saturday and can be found on Rushton road in the town. I should think that the shop will stock end of lines and seconds, though wether you and I can spot on the faults on the shoes and boots would be doubtful. Next time I’m over in England I shall pop in to have a look as its about an hour from my home town.