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post #1576 of 2394

Hi Guys!

 

I’m going to buy the Strand model, but am wondering if I should choose size 8 or 8,5. Size 8 is somewhat tight on, and my toes do not touch the front of the shoe. Size 8,5 feels about my size brand new. I’m afraid that size 8 doesn’t molds enough to my feet, and that size 8,5 extends too much, so after a while my foot will swim in it. Any thoughts?

(8,5 / 8)

 

Cheers

Christoffer

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I have the same problem with Loake.  Maybe put an insole inside?  I have done that with other shoes and it seems to work fine.

post #1578 of 2394
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Originally Posted by Carl1955 View Post
 

Hi

 

I bought a pair of Loake Burford Black boots at my local debenhams about two weeks ago

 

I've creamed twice and waxed once to try and soften them up, I've also worn them around the house and outside on a couple of short journeys.

 

I wore them for work last Saturday ( stood up for about 7 hours ) and they are still not as comfortable as I would like. 

 

I have read that they do need a bit of "breaking in" 

 

Has anyone any good ideas on what to try next ?

 

 

Thanks

 

Carl

 

Just wear more. My boots took a dozen wears to feel right, but once that's done they feel second-skin.

post #1579 of 2394
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Originally Posted by Dyrset View Post
 

Hi Guys!

 

I’m going to buy the Strand model, but am wondering if I should choose size 8 or 8,5. Size 8 is somewhat tight on, and my toes do not touch the front of the shoe. Size 8,5 feels about my size brand new. I’m afraid that size 8 doesn’t molds enough to my feet, and that size 8,5 extends too much, so after a while my foot will swim in it. Any thoughts?

(8,5 / 8)

 

Cheers

Christoffer

 

I'd go with the 8.5. As long it doesnt feel to roomy. 

post #1580 of 2394

Hello everyone 

 

I am new to this forum and I have recently been in the market to get a pair of dress shoes for myself. 

The Loake Aldwych has caught my eye and I would like to purchase a pair. However, I am rather uncertain with the sizings. Therefore I seek all your enlightened opinions. 

 

I generally wear US size 9 for every shoe (sneakers, penny loafers etc.) that I have. Would it to safe to say that my size in that pair of Loakes' would be UK 8.5? Or UK 8? 

Assuming for British sizing, I should go half a size down. My feet could be considered a wide one. 

 

Thank you!

 

Shaun 

post #1581 of 2394
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Originally Posted by Shaun Tan View Post
 

Hello everyone 

 

I am new to this forum and I have recently been in the market to get a pair of dress shoes for myself. 

The Loake Aldwych has caught my eye and I would like to purchase a pair. However, I am rather uncertain with the sizings. Therefore I seek all your enlightened opinions. 

 

I generally wear US size 9 for every shoe (sneakers, penny loafers etc.) that I have. Would it to safe to say that my size in that pair of Loakes' would be UK 8.5? Or UK 8? 

Assuming for British sizing, I should go half a size down. My feet could be considered a wide one. 

 

Thank you!

 

Shaun 


I'm assuming that you can't try on the sizes in question before ordering. Have you had your feet measured on a Brannock? If not, I'd suggest that you get measured first. Loafer lasts tend to run a bit narrower/smaller since they can't lace up, so it's quite possible that you actually wear a US 8.5 in lace-up dress shoes and US 9 in loafers. It's also important to get a good sense of your foot width. If you have an average width foot (D in US sizing) then I'd say go down a full size from your Brannock size. I wear a US 8.5 D in (most) dress shoes, 9 D in sneakers, and UK 7.5 F in the Aldwych. If in fact you do have a wide foot (E/EE in US sizing) then you could go down a half size for the Aldwych, or else consider a shoe on a wider last.

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Re the issue of size with Strands and Buckinghams. Although they are made on the same last, I find my Strands to fit much better than the Buckinghams. The Bucks are a bit narrow. However, I notice an odd thing. When I put my Buckinghams on (and I have two pairs), they feel tight and seem to press against my little toe a bit. However, once I have worn them for an hour or so, they seem to expand and become very, very comfortable. I don't have any theory about how this works but just note that it does. I suspect that the leather, 'warms up' a bit but don't really know. 

 

Re the use of insoles. This is as odd as the fitting issue, above. Every time I buy a new pair of shoes, I have to wear an inssole to make them fit. Once I have worn them about 10 times, I can take the insoles out and the shoes are comfortable and fit well.  My theory about this is as follows. The soles of many shoes are quite thick. It takes quite a bit of wearing to make them 'bend' a little. Once they are a bit bendy, the insoles can come out. This was particularly an issue for me, with my Loake Chester's and my Tricker's Boughton's. Both have double soles and it took quite a while before I could take out the insoles. But all of the insoles have now come out of all of my shoes and I have a neat pile of insoles!

 

Any thoughts on this would be welcome!

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Thank you for sharing :)

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Despite what I have written, above, I now realise that one of my pairs of Tricker's does need insoles. :uhoh:  I thought I was through with them, but it seems not. I have this, slightly irrational, belief that shoes must be worn 'as they were made' without insoles or orthotic devices. In a perfect world, I suppose this would be the case. But until we can all afford bespoke, I guess that some shoes will always need a bit of help. 

post #1586 of 2394

Throwing in Loake polish doesn't sound much like added value!

post #1587 of 2394

my sincere apologises if my post didnt sound right.. im always open to offers. just wanna move the shoes so i can get some new stands in my size :)

post #1588 of 2394

That's ok, Scream!  You are fine and I hope you sell them. Best wishes, Munky. :)

post #1589 of 2394
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Despite what I have written, above, I now realise that one of my pairs of Tricker's does need insoles. :uhoh:  I thought I was through with them, but it seems not. I have this, slightly irrational, belief that shoes must be worn 'as they were made' without insoles or orthotic devices. In a perfect world, I suppose this would be the case. But until we can all afford bespoke, I guess that some shoes will always need a bit of help. 

Are you buying the shoes in all the same size? i.e. Trickers Bourton vs Loake Buckingham vs Loake Chester?

post #1590 of 2394

I have shoes in a range of sizes. My Chester's are 9s. Two pairs of Tricker's are 8 and a half, as are the other Loakes. The Buckinghams and Strands are snug fitting and my Chesters fit very well and I don't have inserts in any of them. I have put insoles back in the Trickers. These are my newest shoes and I guess they need a bit more wearing in before they will be fully comfortable without insoles. 

 

I've got a pair of Doc Marten's suede shoes which are 10s and also fit very well. 

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