I am looking for black cap toe oxfords and was wondering if you could advise on how the following four models compare:
Loake 1880 Aldwych
Which one would you reommend?
The first one is the New Rey. Very sleek and narrow. Lots of lacing holes.
Second and third one are the same shape, both the Hiro last which is pretty much an average, classis oxford last. The difference is that the third one is made of horse butt and is a quarter broque (perforations on the edge of the toe cap).
If you are looking for a standard-issue every day black shoe I would choose the second one. If you have narrow feet or like elongated lasts the first one might be the best choice. Because it is in the superior Linea Maestro line it has better construction and leather and is therefore more expensive. The third one just had more expensive leather but theoretically the same construction quality as the second one.