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post #1726 of 2482
@ Munky,

Like you, I had not worn boots before purchasing the Burgundy Burfords. I had the same concerns as you did. I proceeded to get them in the same size as my Chesters, and have been extremely happy thus far. The fit on the foot the same as the Chester, and the Danite sole is softer than the leather-soled Chester and much more suitable for an Irish winter! The ankle fit, I would describe as snug and, whether because of their construction, or my lack of experience with boots, did take a while to get used to. But, that said, there isn't any discomfort from them, just a difference in feel to a shoe. I am required to open the laces a lot to put the boot on, which is, I imagine, a result of that snugness in the ankle fitting. Overall, I think they're quite splendid and have no doubt that they will make the winter walks much more tolerable. As well as this, they're a great looking boot and work well with jeans or chinos or any smart casual wear.
post #1727 of 2482

Thank you very much for this, Casa - it is very helpful and I appreciate it. 

post #1728 of 2482
Hey guys,

What do you think of the Duke last in terms of aesthetic? I personally like it (reminds me a bit of G&G with the chiseled toe). But wanted to hear from others too.
post #1729 of 2482

For me: Mayfair>Duke>Capital>026.

post #1730 of 2482
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

Spurred on by comments on this page, I am planning to buy a pair of Burfords. My Chester brogues are size 9 but almost all of my other shoes are 8.5.  Given that Burfords and made on the same last as Chesters, would it be sensible to go for Burfords in size 9?  I don't want to wear thick socks with the boots and - having never worn boots before - I am uncertain as to how closely fitting the top half of the boots are. I would like a snuggish fit around the ankles.  With best regards, Munky. 

I'd echo Casablanca's advice to stick with the same size as your Chesters, as the boots are on the same last.
I've owned a pair of Herring Shoes Burgh boots which are made by Loake and exactly the same as the Burford, but bought them in size 8 rather than my usual 7.5. They were factory seconds at half regular price, which spurred me on, but they were very comfortable, and though bruised and battered and with their second leather soles now worn through, I still drag them out for gardening duties.

Here's a tip. If you're not fussy about the brand name inside, the Herring Burgh is the exact same as the Loake Burford but is currently £15 cheaper. Not available in the burgundy however.
http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=7467
But, using the correct code from Ask Andy, you could get yourself either 10% off the listed price, or, a free pair of shoe trees. Not both.
Also check their "Hawkshead" boot. Same as the Burford and Burgh but in grained leather.

Then I went and bought Loake Burfords in suede in a size 7, as I wear a 7 in my three pairs of Capital last Loakes. Too small. It's back to 7.5 next time.
post #1731 of 2482

Just me, but I think Loake is missing a Chelsea or Zip boot in their 1880 range. Every good English shoemaker needs one in their best range IMO.

post #1732 of 2482
They're also missing a whole cut! It's weird that they make one for Charles Tyrwhitt but not for the 1880 range.
post #1733 of 2482

Odradek, thanks for your thoughts on the Burford's; they are very helpful.

 

Brooks, Loakes do two Chelsea boots in the 1880 range: Winchester and Thirsk. 

post #1734 of 2482
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Odradek, thanks for your thoughts on the Burford's; they are very helpful.

 

Brooks, Loakes do two Chelsea boots in the 1880 range: Winchester and Thirsk. 

Winchester isnt a Chelsea boot.

 

They did used to do a black chelsea boot cant think of the name it began with a B though, they discontinued it a couple of years ago. They also made a wholecut, as with anything though if the sales arent good enough they will stop making them. One of the dangers of people only buying sale items.

post #1735 of 2482

Sorry, Stemo, that was a mistake on my part. The Winchester isn't a chelsea boot.

post #1736 of 2482

Don't they have the bayswater?

 

I just received a pair of Aldwych for my friend's birthday, hope it fits, but I guess if not it'll just have to be a belated present. I never had a pair of those myself so I look forward to having a look.

post #1737 of 2482
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

Odradek, thanks for your thoughts on the Burford's; they are very helpful.

 

Brooks, Loakes do two Chelsea boots in the 1880 range: Winchester and Thirsk

Yes, I should have been more specific, I meant a Chelsea like the Bayswater which Loake no longer makes. Loake does make the Herring Coltham boot, but I don't like the 026 last for Chelseas.

post #1738 of 2482

Here are my mahogony cornwalls next to newly conditioned and polished aldywch for my friend.

 

 

 

post #1739 of 2482
In case anybody's interested, or not already aware of this company, an eBay store exists which sells a lot of Loake seconds, mainly boots. I haven't dealt with them, but there may be something of interest there from time to time.
http://www.ebay.ie/sch/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ssn=loakesecondsbynorthshoes&_pgn=2&_skc=50&rt=nc
post #1740 of 2482
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Originally Posted by Casablanca View Post

In case anybody's interested, or not already aware of this company, an eBay store exists which sells a lot of Loake seconds, mainly boots. I haven't dealt with them, but there may be something of interest there from time to time.
http://www.ebay.ie/sch/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ssn=loakesecondsbynorthshoes&_pgn=2&_skc=50&rt=nc

Thanks.
I have checked out their ebay store from time to time but have never bought anything yet..
Also worth a look is Loake's own ebay store, http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/loakefactoryoutlet/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEFSXS%3AMESOI&_trksid=p2053788.m1543.l2654
where they sell seconds, trial models and some models they are discontinuing.
The stock varies quite a bit from week to week, but there are some great deals sometimes.

Got my Alwychs from there, which were supposed to be atrial version made with a lower quality leather, but I can't see any difference from the quality of my Strands, and the price was just £85.

The only downside for you is that they just ship within the UK, but if you know someone in the North perhaps they could act as a middleman.
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