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Originally Posted by enyn90 View Post
 

hi guys, would appreciate your help on this.

 

i have a Meermin in Hiro last, size UK 10, with a little heel slipping, i had tried on a Carmina Forest last, size UK 9.5 and fits pretty snug. 

 

what size do you suggest i should get for Loake 1880 Aldwych in Capital last. Thanks!


I'd suggest UK 9.5 for the Aldwych as well, then. 

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If you want to add a bit of sparkle to your tan shoes, consider using Saphir 'Yellow' wax, on top of a tan polish. I haven't used it much; I rarely use wax. But when my Chester's or Buckingham's are looking a bit dowdy, this soon brings a smile to their face's.

 

Over the last few days, I have been cleaning both of the above. I used Lexol for conditioning and let it dry overnight before giving the shoes a good brushing. Chester's tend to have the edge of their soles knocked about a bit, so I used dark brown 'edge dressing', also from Saphir. You need a steady hand for this. I got a tiny bit on the inside leather of the upper but can't get excited about it.  The next day, I used light brown Glenkaren polish, waited about an hour, brushed them and then brushed them again, sometime after. They are looking good and I am debating whether or not to use the yellow wax on top. 

 

I use Lexol very rarely. In fact, I use very little of anything on my shoes and rely on brushing, mostly. If I do need a simple refurbishment, I use Oliver Sweeney's 'Brush Up'. Expensive but my favourite polish. 

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Thanks for the responses to my post. The scratches won't really bother me I'm not that OCD, and of course they'll get several more. It's more of when I get something new I feel it shouldn't have tooling marks and be near perfect. I guess my expectations were just a little off. I can enjoy my new shoes now. By the way Herring offered me a discount on the shoes because of the marks. Since these marks are typical I'm not going to take them up on their offer, but it does show that they have good customer service.

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Because what we have bought are 'our' new shoes, I suspect that we look at them as though through a magnifying glass.  If you pay £90, for what you consider to be an 'expensive' pair of Clark's, you probably search all over them for defects. If you move up to Loakes, you - even more so - expect them to be perfect. Ditto shoes such as Tricker's.  I paid £400 each, for two pairs of Tricker's and immediately found minor defects and was worried about whether or not I had got value for money. Then I realised that they are handmade and nothing in this line is perfect. I could show you my 11 pairs of shoes and show you all of their 'problems'.

 

I will never be able to afford bespoke shoes, but, even with them, my guess would be that your eye would immediately be drawn to an imperfection. 

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Originally Posted by hoxuantu View Post
 

What's the quality of Meermin's Classic line compared with Loake's 1880 line? 

 

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Originally Posted by Terpo View Post
 

Loake > Meermin

 

I'm new to Loake and English shoes in general (just bought my first pair, Scafell [026 last] from the Shoemaker line in brown with rubber sole for fall/winter, honestly expecting them to be 'beater' shoes for bad weather, but found the quality surprising and they're not even 1880 - at least on par with AE, if not better) and have found this thread quite useful. I was planning on ordering something from the Meermin Classic line with regular leather soles and blah blah, long story short - 

 

is this the consensus here? The Meermins are pretty well loved on the forum, but I'm wondering if that might be due to their MTO program and association (however loosely) with Carmina more than anything. I like my Shoemaker pair on the 026 well enough to want to give the 1880 line a go, likely the Capital last Alydwich...

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^ Also, apologies if this has been roundly discussed before - I'm about 35 pages into the thread and enjoying it but haven't finished yet...

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^ Also, apologies if this has been roundly discussed before - I'm about 35 pages into the thread and enjoying it but haven't finished yet...

I'm interested to know the consensus regarding loake 1880 vs Meermin.

I have a Meermin classic Oxford, and recently tried on a Loake shoemaker line at one of the departmental stores; the quality is inferior to Meermin. would definitely hear about 1880 vs Meermin
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Originally Posted by enyn90 View Post


I'm interested to know the consensus regarding loake 1880 vs Meermin.

I have a Meermin classic Oxford, and recently tried on a Loake shoemaker line at one of the departmental stores; the quality is inferior to Meermin. would definitely hear about 1880 vs Meermin


Inferior in what respect, exactly? I don't own any Meermin's to compare. Are we talking styling/finishing? The construction is about equal from what I've gathered (1880 line at least, not the ones you mention) but I'm also quite curious...

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Originally Posted by Andrew Ryan View Post


Inferior in what respect, exactly? I don't own any Meermin's to compare. Are we talking styling/finishing? The construction is about equal from what I've gathered (1880 line at least, not the ones you mention) but I'm also quite curious...

Styling, finish, leather quality (not an expert, coming for a normal consumer). wasn't able to try on Loake 1880, so I'm curious. I am planning to get Loake 1880 Aldwych
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Originally Posted by Casablanca View Post

Hello All
Does anybody have any experience of the Loake Epsom? It seems to be a waxy leather which has a rubber sole, and it's made on the 024 last, which suits me finely on the Chesters that I have. Winter has finally arrived in Ireland and I need something a bit tougher for the weekend walks etc and boots don't really suit me. Any advice would be most welcome.

Did you ever get the Epsom shoes?

Thinking ahead to winter and considering my options.
Definitely will get a pair of boots, but a sturdy rubber soled shoe could be another addition if finances hold out.

Not so sure about the "waxy" finish though.
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Hello Odradek,

I didn't go with the Epsom in the end. I, like you, had qualms about the waxy finish and was tempted by the Burford which ticked the box for winter wear as well as being available in Burgundy. I got them about a month ago and am breaking them in with the expectation of using them soon. I was worried a little because I had a bad experience with boots of another brand many years ago, but so far, I'm impressed with the comfort, the ankle support and the Danite soles. But I expected them to be good for me, as the 024 really suits me.
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Originally Posted by Casablanca View Post

Hello Odradek,

I didn't go with the Epsom in the end. I, like you, had qualms about the waxy finish and was tempted by the Burford which ticked the box for winter wear as well as being available in Burgundy. I got them about a month ago and am breaking them in with the expectation of using them soon. I was worried a little because I had a bad experience with boots of another brand many years ago, but so far, I'm impressed with the comfort, the ankle support and the Danite soles. But I expected them to be good for me, as the 024 really suits me.

Thanks for the quick reply.
The burgundy Burfords are on my shortlist.

I was interested in the Epsom because a hardly worn pair popped up on ebay for a very good price, but someone snapped them up with a "Buy it now" while I was deliberating.

If you get a chance, could you post a photo of your Burfords sometime.
I've seen very nice photos of them online, on the Loake Sweden site,






but the studio shots of them from Loake themselves don't look as good with, in my opinion, over the top burnishing.



I've owned a pair of the Herring Burgh boots before with leather soles, and they are Herring's version of the Burford. Great boots.
Debating buying Burfords or spending more for Herring's Langdale, made by Cheaney.

Thought I might get a chance to visit central London this weekend and duck into the Loake shop, but now looking less likely.
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Herring ended up sending me two complimentary shoe trees. This is after I told them any sort of refund wasn't necessary since the marks were not unusual. I would definitely recommend Herring due to their great customer service.

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@ Odradek,

 

Please find attached photos of my Burgundy Burfords. I've worn then around the house and on the patio to date and am expecting to  get serious with them in the coming weeks. So far, so good.

 

 

 

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damn... I didn't even know I wanted burgundy boots, but they've just been added to my list as well.

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