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First Pair of Mid-Priced Smart Shoes, Help! - UK

post #1 of 11
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Hi all,
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Apologies on asking for help, as I tend to believe someone should show themselves to be part of a community before taking something from it, but urgent times call for urgent measures.

I am attending a wedding on Saturday, and I have decided to let this co-inside with me purchasing my first pair of 'proper' shoes, i.e. not a sub-£100 pair that are difficult to re-sole or are bad quality.
I am looking to keep it around the £200 mark, and have mainly been looking at Loakes so far as a great British brand.

In terms of delivery time, I can pop down to a store in London on Thursday after work to pick them up, or if they do next day delivery (I'm not sure if Loake or the such have lead times on their shoes?).

Anyway, my eye is currently on the following, but I am open to any suggestions:


Loake Buckingham - Thinking Dark Brown


Loake Strand - Thinking Burgundy


Barker Flynn - Cedar Calf


Barker Windsor - Cedar Calf


The suit I will be pairing it with for the wedding is a Charcoal grey 2 piece, with peak lapels (not too wide, not too slim) from Reiss (Titled 'Prince'), but I wouldn't mind fitting them into to my working life where I commonly wear navy khakis.

I would also like to find a belt to pair with it, but that's a side-thing.

Thanks for looking, and any advice is greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 11
I prefer Loake over Baker, however CJ benchgrade does worth the extra few pennies.

Generally, match belt material and colour to the shoe, however I find a good suede belt prevails
post #3 of 11
Those Loake Strand are definitely my favourite out of those.

I think burgundy would be more versatile than the other colours pictured. As you mention you'll be pairing them with navy khakis - well, a brighter brown or tan will probably look too conspicuous. You could wear the burgundy ones everyday and people won't notice.
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

I prefer Loake over Baker, however CJ benchgrade does worth the extra few pennies.

Generally, match belt material and colour to the shoe, however I find a good suede belt prevails

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Time seems to be the biggest constraint here so personally i would go with the Loake 1880 line (best) but you may want to have a browse round Herring Shoes as they do their own line which is within your budget and they are a delight to deal with and know their shoes. Premier line (Cheaney) if you can but their classic is also decent as i believe theyre Loake made to Herring standards. Time and money is always the constraining factors here. Also if you call and tell them theyre reqd for Saturday i'm sure theyll have them there in plenty of time. Good luck !!

PS I prefer semi brogue captoes to full brogues for business as well as what you intend them to be used for ie the wedding, just my preference. Let us know what you eventually choose with the obligatory pics!!

By the way welcome to the forum!!
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you all, I'm going to fire an e-mail to Loake on the Strand's, and see what their turnaround time is. If they can do next-day I'll order online, else I'll make the trek into their store (currently working outside of London).
post #6 of 11
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Apologies for the double post:

I have spoken to Loake, and a helpful gent called Oliver has directly booked the courier for my order, and they should be with me by tomorrow!

I went for the Burgundy Strand's in the end.

Pics to come soon!
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Apologies for the double post:

I have spoken to Loake, and a helpful gent called Oliver has directly booked the courier for my order, and they should be with me by tomorrow!

I went for the Burgundy Strand's in the end.

Pics to come soon!

Good choice wear in good health !!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Apologies for the double post:

I have spoken to Loake, and a helpful gent called Oliver has directly booked the courier for my order, and they should be with me by tomorrow!

I went for the Burgundy Strand's in the end.

Pics to come soon!
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by kev777 View Post

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Time seems to be the biggest constraint here so personally i would go with the Loake 1880 line (best) but you may want to have a browse round Herring Shoes as they do their own line which is within your budget and they are a delight to deal with and know their shoes. Premier line (Cheaney) if you can but their classic is also decent as i believe theyre Loake made to Herring standards. Time and money is always the constraining factors here.

+1 The Herring premier line is really good "bang for the bucks". Even the "Herring Classic" line is worth a look, should be on par - both quality and price wise - to the Loake 1880 collection.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
On a side note, I'm in love:


http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?styleid=1408&shoeid=5173&brandid=5&catid=143&oldcolid=2692&stype=0&overlay=1

Next surplus of the paycheck is going this way I think.
Edited by Tibby - 9/18/12 at 6:05am
post #11 of 11
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On a side note, I'm in love:


http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?styleid=1408&shoeid=5173&brandid=5&catid=143&oldcolid=2692&stype=0&overlay=1

Next surplus of the paycheck is going this way I think.

Thats the Premier Line Cheaney made 205 last iirc nothing wrong with those at all. I actually like that last a lot !!
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