This is incorrect.. I have the Langdale and it's of equal quality to the 1880 I have (Aldwych). One of my favorite shoes..
I believe it depends on the model, and read somewhere there was another range that was absorbed in to the Shoemakers Range that was of higher quality.
I don't own a pair, but I have heard that the Loake Tweed is top quality and in the Shoemaker range.
Anyway, here's a bit of a PSA.
After standing in a cold field at my daughter's football practice on Saturday morning, I was contemplating a pair of Loake Wolf lined sheepskin boots, and did a quick search.
Robinson's in Northern Ireland had a great deal on them. £211 instead of the usual £265, and they also had great reductions on a number of other popular Loake shoes and boots. Pimlico, Kempton, Ashby, Thrisk etc....
Needless to say I deliberated too long, and prices have jumped back to normal this Monday morning, but maybe worth keeping an eye on the Robinsons site if you're thinking of new shoes.
I've no connection to Robinsons and have never bought from them.