I'm looking for some shoes that I can wear to work every day that are not tatty trainers. I work in a tech environment where people try to be fashionable, but even business casual is considered unacceptably formal, so it can be hard to find something that really fits. Apart from my chukkas, my other nice shoes have been confined to weekends and special occasions, and I rather not wear the chukkas most days to avoid wearing them out.
So I really want a shoe that goes very nicely with jeans and chinos without being too showy. I think the Loake Mojave is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for:
However, they're not from the 1880 range; the soles are glued and I presume that the suede is not super high quality. But to me they look much better than the typical £95 shoe, and for less than the closest 1880/Goodyear shoe, I could buy a pair in both colours and rotate them.
Would anyone strongly recommend the 1880 shoe instead? Would it be expected to last longer than even two pairs of cemented shoes?