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post #2026 of 2393
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post


I was just stating that Carmina is going up in price as well. They used to be $400 at one point locally and are not around $580 last time I checked.

I've never purchased a pair of Loake, I was going to via Pediwear but now they are not going to be shipping to USA/Canada

 

I think we have till the end of the month to get our orders in.

post #2027 of 2393
Complain to Loake directly. Say that their new policy will push you to other makers, like Carmina.
post #2028 of 2393
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Originally Posted by breakaway01 View Post
 


I'd recommend 11F UK in the Pimlico. I am 8.5 D US on Brannock and 7.5 F UK works for me on the Pimlico. If anything I find them ever so slightly large after breaking them in, but on the other hand I don't think I could have sized down to 7 UK.

 

This was my kneejerk reaction, as it's been what everyone has been recommending, but with @chiggyv's experience, I 'm further confused. He is near my size in everything else.

 

Also, this is the sizing advice from EastDane for the Pimlico (Capital last).

 

Size & Fit

Fit
UK sizing. Runs large.
Size down 1 full size. For example, if you wear a UK10.5, select a UK9.5.
post #2029 of 2393

Sent you a PM. 

 

I was told by multiple UK websites to go down 0.5 size for the conversion. I found this to leave me with a big shoe. 1 size down from US is more accurate.

post #2030 of 2393

I recently heard(and have confirmed) that Loake will no longer be selling their shoes to US customers online.

 

Therefore I have decided to pull the trigger on my first pair of loakes. 

 

I was looking to get a pair of casual boots as I am pretty well rounded for now in the dress shoe dept.

 

I was wondering if anyone could comment on the quality of these? Compared to say a U.S. maker such as Allen Edmonds.

 

Loake Pimlico

 

Loake Bedale Brogue 

 

Loake Kempton

 

Loake Winchester Brogue

 

I was also looking at getting a pair of Loake Strands as well.

 

Thank you for your opinions!

post #2031 of 2393
I noticed a recent email from Herring Shoes similarly calling out that starting Feb 1, they can’t ship Loake to Canada or the US. Herring did note that some Herring private label shoes are made by Loake and the ones that are can continue to be purchased - so that may be an option for some going forward. I assume this change is to protect the local distributor’s market in Canada. As others have said, Loake is sold at around $575 CDN (seriously – check out Walking on a Cloud’s website). While the prices are crazy high, the other problem is limited sizes in Canada. I am a 7.5US and a 6.5UK and I have only seen Loake shoes in Canada starting at 7Uk.
post #2032 of 2393

From a business perspective, I don't understand the price differential.  With the exception of baking in shipping costs to US/CAD dealers, how does a shoe go from $230 to $580.  If they are getting $170 GBP, and that converts to $230 USD (excl. VAT), they are getting their asking sales price, no?  It seems as if the US/CAD markets are literally just marked up with no additional value added.

 

I think Loake should hire a CFO who can hedge currencies instead of banning export. But hey, I'm a little bitter.

 

I'm wondering if my next vacation I'll just make a stop in the UK to stock up? At a $250+ mark up, it's not remotely unreasonable.

post #2033 of 2393
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Originally Posted by dohare View Post

 

I think Loake should hire a CFO who can hedge currencies instead of banning export. But hey, I'm a little bitter.

 

 

They're banning retail export, not wholesale. I do agree, however, that the retail price in North America should be much lower. This is the same thing Carmina had to do. 

 

I wish I could make a Eurotrip to buy shoes, but alas I am stuck here, making educated guesses on sizes and playing the shoe market like it's Forex.

post #2034 of 2393
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Originally Posted by dohare View Post
 

From a business perspective, I don't understand the price differential.  With the exception of baking in shipping costs to US/CAD dealers, how does a shoe go from $230 to $580.  If they are getting $170 GBP, and that converts to $230 USD (excl. VAT), they are getting their asking sales price, no?  It seems as if the US/CAD markets are literally just marked up with no additional value added.

 

I'm with you on this. I'm not sure where along the line the shoes get priced this high. The store I went to in Toronto was in the Financial District and I figured that people making more money than me were willing to pay the price.

post #2035 of 2393

If I'm a 9E or 9.5D on the AE 65 last, do you know what size I should go for the Kempton or Pimlico?
Thanks!

post #2036 of 2393
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Originally Posted by chiggyv View Post
 

 

I'm with you on this. I'm not sure where along the line the shoes get priced this high. The store I went to in Toronto was in the Financial District and I figured that people making more money than me were willing to pay the price.

I thought this too, as if the premium mark-up is just for people who are clueless? but then, why make the move because you're trying to halt people importing them?  They must be assuming people will love Loakes so much that when it comes to their next pair, they will fork up the extra $250, when in reality, they've just moved completely out of their US/CAD current (importers exclusively) customer bases' price range.

post #2037 of 2393

So who are the US retailers now? I love my Bufford and was planning to add in another semi casual pair of boots (and from experience, was considering another Loake).

 

Bummer that they are no longer shipping to USA. All of a sudden, I'm also looking at Meermin and other options.

post #2038 of 2393
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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post

I wish I could make a Eurotrip to buy shoes, but alas I am stuck here, making educated guesses on sizes and playing the shoe market like it's Forex.

Ha!
I'm sitting here in Europe doing the same thing with Allen Edmonds.
post #2039 of 2393
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Originally Posted by Kevin24 View Post
 

I recently heard(and have confirmed) that Loake will no longer be selling their shoes to US customers online.

 

Therefore I have decided to pull the trigger on my first pair of loakes. 

 

I was looking to get a pair of casual boots as I am pretty well rounded for now in the dress shoe dept.

 

I was wondering if anyone could comment on the quality of these? Compared to say a U.S. maker such as Allen Edmonds.

 

Loake Pimlico

 

Loake Bedale Brogue 

 

Loake Kempton

 

Loake Winchester Brogue

 

I was also looking at getting a pair of Loake Strands as well.

 

Thank you for your opinions!

I don't know about the other ones, but I have a pair of Strands in mahogany. They are beautiful shoes that fit quite snuggly. They are made on the Capital last, as are Loake's Buckinghams. I have these in tan and medium brown. Think of the Buckinghams as being fully brogued, while the Strands as half brogued. Although I do wear them with casual clothes, the Strands are a more formal shoe. Buckinghams will go with anything, in my view. Good luck!

post #2040 of 2393
For those of familiar with Loake mahogany colored shoes(Ledbury's in this case), would you say they can work with a navy or charcoal suit or is the shade of brown just too light? Thanks!
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