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I prefer darker shades of brown for navy or charcoal suits, probaly even black. In my opinion, that mahogany shade would work better with a less formal attire

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For Plimico and Kempton sizing I am an 11 US (D)M would I be just a 10 F with Loake?

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Hi guys. Just picked my first pair of Loake. Can anyone tell which line these are from? They appear to be vintage, something made somewhere in the 60s. I paid $15 for them. They appear to be in great condition. Can you tell for sure they are vintage or something else? Many thanks in advance.

 

 

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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!

 

While I don't wear suits very often, these days, I find that Loake mahogany shoes go well with navy trousers and jeans. I am fairly sure that they would go with charcoal, too. For me, mahogany, as far as shoes are concerned, isn't really on the brown scale but rather a  (reddish) colour in it's own right. From what I have read, burgundy/mahogany is the most versatile of shoe colours. If you want some fun, use a red shoe cream, every so often.  

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While I don't wear suits very often, these days, I find that Loake mahogany shoes go well with navy trousers and jeans. I am fairly sure that they would go with charcoal, too. For me, mahogany, as far as shoes are concerned, isn't really on the brown scale but rather a  (reddish) colour in it's own right. From what I have read, burgundy/mahogany is the most versatile of shoe colours. If you want some fun, use a red shoe cream, every so often.  

I really appreciate the advice, exactly what I was hoping to hear.
Not sure if it's just me or if it's just the shade variation on the shoes I received, but my Ledburys seem closer to a medium brown than burgundy...and for this pair, I really was looking for more of a brown, not necessarily a true dark brown though. So instead using a red shoe cream, thinking of using dark brown just to get the shade a touch darker.
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While I don't wear suits very often, these days, I find that Loake mahogany shoes go well with navy trousers and jeans. I am fairly sure that they would go with charcoal, too. For me, mahogany, as far as shoes are concerned, isn't really on the brown scale but rather a  (reddish) colour in it's own right. From what I have read, burgundy/mahogany is the most versatile of shoe colours. If you want some fun, use a red shoe cream, every so often.  


Munky - I'm not sure whether polishing mahogany shoes red is the best idea... I've tried using some purple shoe cream from Saphir on burgundy shoes that were fairly close to purple initially, but ended up staining the shoes in a few places and had to dye the shoes purple instead :/ Maybe that was an extreme example but just saying ;)

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I really appreciate the advice, exactly what I was hoping to hear.
Not sure if it's just me or if it's just the shade variation on the shoes I received, but my Ledburys seem closer to a medium brown than burgundy...and for this pair, I really was looking for more of a brown, not necessarily a true dark brown though. So instead using a red shoe cream, thinking of using dark brown just to get the shade a touch darker.

 

Care to post any photos of your Ledburys? I havent seen many people with them online :)

 

I had a pair of mahogany Aldwych (as seen a few pages ago) and found the colour too light for my liking, closer to Tan than any kind of brown.  I really didn't like the way they looked with my navy and charcoal suits (see link below), but that's just my taste, and they would have been okay if a few shades darker like a medium brown.  Other shoes in Loake's "mahogany" that I've seen online and in real life have been darker than the ones I received, so there is a variation in production I guess. 

 

mine looked just like this, some might like it but I think it looks a bit daft personally - http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7199/6891243701_b7f0a22c5b.jpg 

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While I don't wear suits very often, these days, I find that Loake mahogany shoes go well with navy trousers and jeans. I am fairly sure that they would go with charcoal, too. For me, mahogany, as far as shoes are concerned, isn't really on the brown scale but rather a  (reddish) colour in it's own right. From what I have read, burgundy/mahogany is the most versatile of shoe colours. If you want some fun, use a red shoe cream, every so often.  


Munky - I'm not sure whether polishing mahogany shoes red is the best idea... I've tried using some purple shoe cream from Saphir on burgundy shoes that were fairly close to purple initially, but ended up staining the shoes in a few places and had to dye the shoes purple instead :/ Maybe that was an extreme example but just saying ;)

I have the Strands in both burgundy and mahogany and got Loake's burgundy polish; so that was easy.  But I struggled like you guys about what to use for the mahogany since (at the time, anyway) there didn't seem to be a specific mahogany polish available.  Took a deep breath and settled on Saphir medium brown - and that's turned out fine.

 

Oh by the way, I find both mahogany and burgundy work well with either navy blue or grey trousers.

 

I hope that helps a bit.

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how does the loake hyde compare to alden barrie last in terms of sizing?

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Just wondering some questions for those who have shopped with Pediwear.

 

How does Pediwear ship to the US? Do they use DHL or Royal Mail? 

 

They have a deal on Loakes right now where they offer ether free shoe trees or free shipping. I added the free shoe trees to my cart. With the VAT the Plimico chukas I'm looking at came to about $196.00. However, at the final page it all came to about $243.00.

Is that with the customs duty included too? Or with just the shipping?

Also at what price range does US customs start hitting you with duties?

Likewise, are the free shoe trees through Pediwear without or will any old shoe trees do for the Plimicos

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I don't use red shoe polish on my mahogany shoes very often. It's just that, every so often, it makes the colour 'glow' a bit. Use a darker shade of red rather than a bright one.

 

Mahogany shoe polish is available. Sapir make two versions of it. Kiwi make mahogany polish. Woly make a Bordeaux. Look out for Burgundy polish, too. 

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Thanks for your help, Munky.  Kiwi is readily available in Australia so I'll have a look-see.  

 

Funnily enough, Kiwi is an Australian company  - due acknowledgement and thanks to Wikipedia for this information

 

Kiwi is the brand name of a shoe polish, first launched and sold in Australia[1] in 1906 and as of 2005 sold in almost 180 countries. Previously owned by the Sara Lee Corporation since 1984, it was sold in 2011 to S. C. Johnson.[1] It is the dominant shoe polish in some countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, where it has about two-thirds of the market.

The polish was developed in Australia by William Ramsay who named it Kiwi after the flightless bird endemic to New Zealand, the home country of his wife, Annie Elizabeth Meek Ramsay. Its success in Australia expanded overseas when it was adopted by both the British and American armies in World War I.

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I don't use red shoe polish on my mahogany shoes very often. It's just that, every so often, it makes the colour 'glow' a bit. Use a darker shade of red rather than a bright one.

 

Mahogany shoe polish is available. Sapir make two versions of it. Kiwi make mahogany polish. Woly make a Bordeaux. Look out for Burgundy polish, too. 


When it comes to shoe polish colour choice then I agree, Saphir is the best. I prefer to use the Swiss brand Burgol though, which has three types of brown shoe polish - light brown, mid-brown (probably the closest to mahogany) and dark brown. There is always cognac shoe cream available from those guys but that's a different shade :D


Edited by smerf - 1/30/16 at 2:59pm
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Thanks for your help, Munky.  Kiwi is readily available in Australia so I'll have a look-see.  

 

Funnily enough, Kiwi is an Australian company  - due acknowledgement and thanks to Wikipedia for this information

 

Kiwi is the brand name of a shoe polish, first launched and sold in Australia[1] in 1906 and as of 2005 sold in almost 180 countries. Previously owned by the Sara Lee Corporation since 1984, it was sold in 2011 to S. C. Johnson.[1] It is the dominant shoe polish in some countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, where it has about two-thirds of the market.

The polish was developed in Australia by William Ramsay who named it Kiwi after the flightless bird endemic to New Zealand, the home country of his wife, Annie Elizabeth Meek Ramsay. Its success in Australia expanded overseas when it was adopted by both the British and American armies in World War I.

 

ajc2162 - don't use Kiwi, whatever you do. It may be popular and all, but it's not good for your shoes. Saphir and Burgol have natural waxes that protect the shoe leather. Kiwi uses synthetic stuff that can damage it and shorten it's lifetime - not good stuff imo :)


Edited by smerf - 1/30/16 at 2:58pm
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Originally Posted by ajc2162 View Post
 

Thanks for your help, Munky.  Kiwi is readily available in Australia so I'll have a look-see.  

 

Funnily enough, Kiwi is an Australian company  - due acknowledgement and thanks to Wikipedia for this information

 

Kiwi is the brand name of a shoe polish, first launched and sold in Australia[1] in 1906 and as of 2005 sold in almost 180 countries. Previously owned by the Sara Lee Corporation since 1984, it was sold in 2011 to S. C. Johnson.[1] It is the dominant shoe polish in some countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, where it has about two-thirds of the market.

The polish was developed in Australia by William Ramsay who named it Kiwi after the flightless bird endemic to New Zealand, the home country of his wife, Annie Elizabeth Meek Ramsay. Its success in Australia expanded overseas when it was adopted by both the British and American armies in World War I.

 

ajc2162 - don't use Kiwi, whatever you do. It may be popular and all, but it's not good for your shoes. Saphir and Burgol have natural waxes that protect the shoe leather. Kiwi uses synthetic stuff that can damage it and shorten it's lifetime - not good stuff imo :)

 

 

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Thanks for the warning, smerf - that makes sense and I'm happy to follow your advice.  I have a few pairs of Loakes (on-line through Shoehealer) and added shoe trees and appropriate Saphir to each order - so I have enough polish to last a long time.

 

Actually, it doesn't really matter now anyway because I'm another disgruntled customer that Loake has lost due to their recent ban on overseas shipping. I know I can still access Herring's house brands made by Loake, but that's not the point. They've just shifted my focus to their competitors.

 

Love your blog, by the way - very interesting and thanks for going to the trouble of inputting an English translation.

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