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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
Did anyone hear or have any experience with those shoes?

here is the web site:
http://www.loding.fr/

Some of the models looks quite nice, and prices are good. Any comment about quality?
Also- does anyone know where those shoes might be made? I don't think they are made in France at that prices.
post #2 of 33
for the price loding shoes is a a excellent purchase. My pair has held up for 2 years now and still going strong. Im gonna buy more loding next time im in paris. And yes they are made in france , thats what the sales assistant told me. sry for the bad english
post #3 of 33
Good quality for the price (approx. 150 euros), but with some caveats - very stiff leather, very painfull to break in! At that price you can get a pair of Alfred Sargents or Tricker's from the e-bay, and in terms of quality they are vastly superior!
post #4 of 33
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Does anyone know if someone what company is producing for Loding?
post #5 of 33
I get more comments about my Lodings than my Westons, Santonis, Testonis, AEs, Boss, etc. I would have bought the whole store in Paris (Ave de l'Opera). Great styles and very well made. 150 Euros. Amazing value.
post #6 of 33
they are decent goodyear welted shoes. ive seen a whole slew of them on sale in Paris in 2006 that were about 75 euro at that time for each pair. (about 100 bucks ) never really moved me to buy any though.
post #7 of 33
Loding shoes are produced in Portugal at Carlos Santos.

The company also produces the more expensive Mack James range (prices between 200-250 €),
Altan (350 €) and its own high end label Carlos Santos.
post #8 of 33
Can anyone comment on the sizing of Loding shoes?
In particular the width? Would the be classified as narrow or generally accomodating?
post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by potter AB View Post
Loding shoes are produced in Portugal at Carlos Santos.

The company also produces the more expensive Mack James range (prices between 200-250 €),
Altan (350 €) and its own high end label Carlos Santos.
I think Loding is made in India. Could you have it confused with Emling?
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by Holdemaron View Post
And yes they are made in france , thats what the sales assistant told me.
At that price point, that's very difficult to believe.
post #11 of 33
I walked pass Loding (St Germain) recently - not exactly my best photos but I think you get the picture...


post #12 of 33
2nd photo, to the right of the belt. Love it!
Also I like the captoes. I've never tried this company before but a few models look rather pleasing.
post #13 of 33
The thing about loding is that it is suspiciously like Santoni or Berluti. I know it seems absurd to compare a lower-end, unknown french cobbler to something like Berluti, but the mentalities behind construction are very much the same. They go for look as opposed to durability. This is not to say that they will fall apart after 2 weeks, but it is to say that they are producing a very good product and are sacrificing stability and sturdiness to the sleek, shimmery look. Church's look sleek, but are on the clunkier side. After having felt and worn Loding shoes, I feel as though they are essentially a very hot shoe with a thick welt, but the stitching looks a bit weak, and its very clear that this shoe is, very much like a berluti or a santoni, going to look absolutely amazing, but probably not have the lifespan of ferragamo or church's, which can be worn for years without needing any re-cobbling.
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by Étienne View Post
At that price point, that's very difficult to believe.

I agree!
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by Étienne View Post
At that price point, that's very difficult to believe.

They could be made dirt cheap by apprentices or migrant workers in the poorest suburbs of France. Some employed workers also take up piecemeal jobs to supplement their incomes at essentially zero overheads.

The same can be said of many shoes produced in EU at that price points, especially in Portugal and Spain.
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