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post #1876 of 2395
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Originally Posted by WillisAU View Post
 

I got my first pair of "proper shoes" this week - Loake Aldwych in Mahogany. Picked them up from Pediwear before they stopped shipping Loake to Australia (as of 1st Nov), along with some Saphir Renovateur, a horsehair brush and a free shoe horn + polish.

 

I'm very happy with them, although the leather soles are slippery as hell and Loake advising against fitting a topy to the soles, but I think I'll break my neck if I don't. 

 

I've also got some shoe trees on the way (Charles Tyrwhitt), and should be here next week.  What's the consensus on wearing the shoes for a week without trees?  Will the damage be reversible once I get the trees in them for the rest of their lives?

 

 

 

 

 

 

You don't really need to get them topy soled, just rough up the leather with a brisk walk. The idea is that the scratches formed in the leather will then provide traction.

post #1877 of 2395
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Originally Posted by ajc2162 View Post
 

Good choice WillisAU.  Aldwych is a nice shoe - I have them in dark brown.  Was considering the mahogany but I also like brogues so settled on the Strand.

 

Personally I wouldn't wear your new shoes constantly for a week. It's better to insert shoe trees immediately after taking them off, and rotating them with others on a 2-3 day basis. It's not law however and is a matter of personal preference  - so while it probably won't do any real harm, why run the risk?

 

I wasn't aware that Loake advised against topying - but no matter, I choose to topy all mine. I did try them au natural to begin with, but I didn't enjoy the constant feeling that I was walking on ice with my feet about to go from under me.  

 

You mentioned the Loake cut-off on shipping to Australia - how dumb are they? Like you, I've got my Loakes from those great UK on-line places like Pediwear, Shoehealer and Herring and had plans for more.  But now all they've done with their embargo is lose a previously happy customer and give me a reason to investigate the other brands that SF people rave about.   

All manufacturers advise against topying, they say it is because it can upset the balance of the shoe causing more wear so invalidates their warranty. As you can imagine it would be impossible to determine who is responsible if a fault formed in the sole after work had been carried out by a cobbler.

post #1878 of 2395

Thanks for the clarification Stemo - I can see their point of view. And I can also see that it does protect them from vexatious complaints if there's a shoddy cobbling job.

 

Still, it was never going to be an option for me to send them back to England for a resole - and I wanted to enjoy the shoes. I've never had a problem with topying and normal rotation has meant they've worn well - but then it helps to have found a really good local cobbler who knows his stuff. 

post #1879 of 2395
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Originally Posted by BingoLiddle View Post


Congratulations on your first pair of "proper shoes" - they look great! You'll find a heck of a lot of shoe care advice and tips to sift through here on SF. There are a couple of ground rules though that most (all?) swear by: (1) Never wear the same shoes on consecutive days and (2) Always use shoe trees.

I'd be itching to wear those new shoes too if I were you but I recommend you wait for the shoe trees to arrive. You won't regret it.

 

Thanks, I was planning on rotating them with my old H&M black derbies (which seem to be highly "inspired by" a Loake 771). I bought them at the point between knowing what made a nice looking shoe and not being prepared to spend the bucks on a proper GYW calf skin shoe.  They get the job done and they're my "beater shoe" that I'll wear when its raining or I forsee some other danger to the new precious....

So yes, looks like I'll wait for the shoe trees to arrive.  Should probably seek out a matching belt too, currently have only black and dark brown.

 

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Originally Posted by ajc2162 View Post
 

Good choice WillisAU.  Aldwych is a nice shoe - I have them in dark brown.  Was considering the mahogany but I also like brogues so settled on the Strand.

 

Personally I wouldn't wear your new shoes constantly for a week. It's better to insert shoe trees immediately after taking them off, and rotating them with others on a 2-3 day basis. It's not law however and is a matter of personal preference  - so while it probably won't do any real harm, why run the risk?

 

I wasn't aware that Loake advised against topying - but no matter, I choose to topy all mine. I did try them au natural to begin with, but I didn't enjoy the constant feeling that I was walking on ice with my feet about to go from under me.  

 

You mentioned the Loake cut-off on shipping to Australia - how dumb are they? Like you, I've got my Loakes from those great UK on-line places like Pediwear, Shoehealer and Herring and had plans for more.  But now all they've done with their embargo is lose a previously happy customer and give me a reason to investigate the other brands that SF people rave about.   

 

Yeah, its a real bummer that Loake have done this (and also that I now receive 10% off Loakes from Pediwear but can't purchase any!), but I guess it's to protect the local brick and mortar retailers.  I think the Aldwych was about $50 dearer at Henry Bucks and $100 dearer at McClouds, so I preferred to save a bit of cash that went towards the polish and shoe trees.  But, like yourself, I might look at Ed Et Al or Meermin for my next pair.

 

Re: Topying - there was a little brochure in the box with the Loake's that mentioned the below (which is taken from Loake's website)

 

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Although LIGHTWEIGHT stick-on-soles can be added to Goodyear welted shoes without detriment, (NEVER to either moccasins or cements), we cannot recommend doing so; because the balance of the shoes can be affected and lead to premature failure. We cannot accept responsibility for premature wear if modifications have been made to our product.
post #1880 of 2395
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Originally Posted by WillisAU View Post
 

 

Thanks, I was planning on rotating them with my old H&M black derbies (which seem to be highly "inspired by" a Loake 771). I bought them at the point between knowing what made a nice looking shoe and not being prepared to spend the bucks on a proper GYW calf skin shoe.  They get the job done and they're my "beater shoe" that I'll wear when its raining or I forsee some other danger to the new precious....

So yes, looks like I'll wait for the shoe trees to arrive.  Should probably seek out a matching belt too, currently have only black and dark brown.

 

 

Yeah, its a real bummer that Loake have done this (and also that I now receive 10% off Loakes from Pediwear but can't purchase any!), but I guess it's to protect the local brick and mortar retailers.  I think the Aldwych was about $50 dearer at Henry Bucks and $100 dearer at McClouds, so I preferred to save a bit of cash that went towards the polish and shoe trees.  But, like yourself, I might look at Ed Et Al or Meermin for my next pair.

 

Re: Topying - there was a little brochure in the box with the Loake's that mentioned the below (which is taken from Loake's website)

 

 

Have a look at Barker too, similar price points and quality as Loake, still made in the UK and.... no export ban :)

post #1881 of 2395

It was pouring with rain today. I remembered that my Chester's were made for inclement weather and I wore them for most of the day, outside. They survived very well. I now intend to leave them for a week, clean and condition them and wear them again. 

 

It sometimes seems to me that we lose sight of the fact that some shoes are built for bad weather and if we waited only for good weather, our better, heavy duty, shoes wouldn't get much of an outing. Until today, I wore my burgundy, 'croco' Dr Marten's shoes, in the bad weather. They do the job very well but I decided that I couldn't spend the whole of the winter in them.

 

Rather than have a pair of shoes as 'beaters', I have decided that I will wear my, more heavily built, shoes, in rotation and not just to  rely on the Doc's. Mind you, I might draw a line at wearing my, stout, Tricker Boughton's in the rain... although, they too, are built for tough conditions. 

post #1882 of 2395
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

It was pouring with rain today.

Pretty inclement the past few days here too.
Wearing my Dainite soled boots the past few days, Loake Hyde and Herring Gosforth.
A third wet day and I had to go with my Brooks Brothers AE MacNeils with the combo leather and rubber sole.
Wet again tomorrow and probably back to the Gosforth boots.
Edited by Odradek - 11/6/15 at 11:37pm
post #1883 of 2395
My new Loake Hyde boots:



I'll have fit picks sooner or later
post #1884 of 2395
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Originally Posted by JLnoir View Post

My new Loake Hyde boots:



I'll have fit picks sooner or later

Did you buy it on Gilt.com?

post #1885 of 2395
Yeh good thing I did I went back 1 hour later and all sizes were sold out except for size 7 and all for a great price
post #1886 of 2395
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Originally Posted by JLnoir View Post

Yeh good thing I did I went back 1 hour later and all sizes were sold out except for size 7 and all for a great price

The size chart of that sale page showed that the size 7(US) is equivalent to 6(UK) and 40(EU). Is it correct for your shoes size ?

post #1887 of 2395
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

It was pouring with rain today. I remembered that my Chester's were made for inclement weather and I wore them for most of the day, outside. They survived very well. I now intend to leave them for a week, clean and condition them and wear them again. 

 

It sometimes seems to me that we lose sight of the fact that some shoes are built for bad weather and if we waited only for good weather, our better, heavy duty, shoes wouldn't get much of an outing. Until today, I wore my burgundy, 'croco' Dr Marten's shoes, in the bad weather. They do the job very well but I decided that I couldn't spend the whole of the winter in them.

 

Rather than have a pair of shoes as 'beaters', I have decided that I will wear my, more heavily built, shoes, in rotation and not just to  rely on the Doc's. Mind you, I might draw a line at wearing my, stout, Tricker Boughton's in the rain... although, they too, are built for tough conditions. 

 

I find this a bit funny, a person who said he's going to not wear a pair of shoes for a week after some rain, telling people to not baby their shoes =P

post #1888 of 2395
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Originally Posted by Isolation View Post
 

 

I find this a bit funny, a person who said he's going to not wear a pair of shoes for a week after some rain, telling people to not baby their shoes =P

 

Makes perfect sense to me.

 

Hes saying that (having a storm welt) the Chesters are designed for more inclement weather, saying they can be worn in wetter weather is not the same as saying you dont have to care for them. Leather isnt waterproof and it needs to be left to dry out completely other wise it will become damaged. In the case of the uppers you can get ingrained salt stains or bubbling where the salt pushes and raises the surface. In the case of the soles then its not rocket science to know that water makes the leather soft, which will make it easier to wear the layers away if still damp. This isnt even going into rotting the internal components.

post #1889 of 2395
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Originally Posted by hoxuantu View Post

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Yeh good thing I did I went back 1 hour later and all sizes were sold out except for size 7 and all for a great price
The size chart of that sale page showed that the size 7(US) is equivalent to 6(UK) and 40(EU). Is it correct for your shoes size ?
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I wear size 11us 10uk I bought my boots when I got the email they were on sale I had a promo code so I ended up paying $163 and change...a hell of a deal compared to $400
post #1890 of 2395
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Originally Posted by JLnoir View Post


I wear size 11us 10uk I bought my boots when I got the email they were on sale I had a promo code so I ended up paying $163 and change...a hell of a deal compared to $400

That means the size on the website is 11US, and the size on the boot is 10UK. Is it right?

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