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.
Thank you for your comments ajc2162 :) The blog's main language is now English so hopefully it will get round to more people ;) If you want you can like my page on facebook to keep updated in my signature below ;)
Before buying my first pair of handmade shoes I was considering Loake - mostly because of the price but found out that apparently they make their cheaper lines in India somewhere so let it go and unfortunately I was never their customer. I made the choice of going for the Spanish handmade shoes like Crownhill and Berwick - they may not be as popular and well-known but I'm really happy with them still ^^
When it comes to English handmade shoes though, Barker are probably my top choice because of the rosewood brown leather they offer and probably because Church's - the superb alternative was purchased by Prada, which apparently led to worse quality shoes :(
Edited by smerf - 1/30/16 at 3:01pm