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post #1 of 13
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I'm looking at these shoes which are $147 in Tyrwhitt's 50% off sale:

http://www.ctshirts.co.uk/product.as...ProCode=MPSBSB

They appear to be the Loake "Norwitch" from Loake's "1880" collection. A couple of questions:

(1) I've read some criticisms of the quality of the leather used in the Tyrwhitt/Loake shoes, but these are specially billed on the Tyrwhitt site as "calf leather" and are somewhat higher-priced than the regular line. Anyone have any experience?

(2) Any thoughts about the styling?
post #2 of 13
1) I own 2 pairs CT shoes. Both Loak 1880 models. Leather quality is much worse than other top end shoes that I own, but they are good enough for daily office wear. But I wear my brown cap toes with jeans when i go clubbing. I get many complements from ladies.

2) they look fine to me. If I saw someone wearing those shoes out on a street I would look at them for sure!
post #3 of 13
I own the Norwitch, purchased from Pediwear. The leather is of good quality, comparable to the leather on my A-Es. As for the styling, they're a bit more aestetically pleasing, at least to my eye, than the offerings at A-E. They're something of a poor man's Weymouth, a few notches down in the style department, still nothing to sneeze at.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
I own the Norwitch, purchased from Pediwear. The leather is of good quality, comparable to the leather on my A-Es. As for the styling, they're a bit more aestetically pleasing, at least to my eye, than the offerings at A-E. They're something of a poor man's Weymouth, a few notches down in the style department, still nothing to sneeze at.

Same here, I agree.
post #5 of 13
Make sure you get the sizing right. The f width makes many people buy a full size down from their US shoe size. I did 1/2 size down, and they are comfy, but I have US E-width feet!
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
So if I normally take a US 10D, should I go for the regular (non "F") 9.5 US size?
post #7 of 13
I went a full size down, 9.5 to 8.5.
post #8 of 13
Can someone post a link to the "half off sale"?
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by cmpatti
So if I normally take a US 10D, should I go for the regular (non "F") 9.5 US size?

I have not bought the Loakes so I cannot give you direct advice.
The thinking in the sizing comments is something like this:
If you wear a 10D US, you could probably also wear a 10.5C or a 9.5E in a US shoe.

The general idea on the English shoe conversion would call for a 10D US to equal English 9.5E. Tyrwhitt/Loake does not have the E width fitting shown as available. Since you are going to be getting a fatter size, perhaps you should go down an extra half size. Expecting that your 10D US foot will fit into an English 9F. I do wish I had done that on some English sized Grensons a few moths ago. Only went down 1/2 size and had to get them in the English F, rather than E. A thin insole took care of it pretty well. But I'd rather not havae to use that.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
The sizing on the Tyrwhitt site is a bit confusing. When I navigate to the page with this shoe through the 50% off page (http://www.ctshirts.co.uk/spots), the pull-down size menu shows US sizes, not UK sizes. There are also separate links for "standard fitting" and "G fitting." So what is recommended for a US 10D--should I go with my normal US 10 "regular fitting"?
post #11 of 13
Tyrwhitt converts UK to US sizes by going only 1/2 size up. Therefore if you wish to size 1 size down as many do you would order 1/2 size US smaller than your US size from the web site.
post #12 of 13
I like the styling quite a bit...very nice. As for leather, my 1880's Loake (through Tyrwhitt) aren't as nice as my AE's, but they certainly aren't of poor quality. They don't seem to want to take antiqing as well as other shoes I have, but that hardly matters if you're buying black. At that price, I say 'go for it, dude!'
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by billiebob
Tyrwhitt converts UK to US sizes by going only 1/2 size up. Therefore if you wish to size 1 size down as many do you would order 1/2 size US smaller than your US size from the web site.
Agreed. If you normally take a US 10, order a US 9.5, etc.
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