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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.


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
post #2057 of 2390
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Originally Posted by WillisAU View Post

Care to post any photos of your Ledburys? I havent seen many people with them online smile.gif

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 

Sure thing when I get the chance to snap some pics in decent sunlight.
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Sorry, guys, I made a mistake. For some reason, I mixed up mahogany with burgundy.  I have two pairs of burgundy shoes (Strands and Herring Chaucer 11's).  I have one pair of mahogany shoes (by Sanders),  The Sanders ones came with a pot of mahogany cream. 

 

I use burgundy polish on the burgundy shoes but, clearly, don't use brown polish on them. The burgundies  are the ones that, once in a while, I put dark red polish on. 

 

I hope this sorts things out and apologies, again, for my getting mixed up!

 

Munky

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Sorry, guys, I made a mistake. For some reason, I mixed up mahogany with burgundy.  I have two pairs of burgundy shoes (Strands and Herring Chaucer 11's).  I have one pair of mahogany shoes (by Sanders),  The Sanders ones came with a pot of mahogany cream. 

I use burgundy polish on the burgundy shoes but, clearly, don't use brown polish on them. The burgundies  are the ones that, once in a while, I put dark red polish on. 

I hope this sorts things out and apologies, again, for my getting mixed up!

Munky

No worries Munky, it happens 😄 Do you still use the Saphir burgundy polish though? What do you think of it?
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No worries Munky, it happens 😄 Do you still use the Saphir burgundy polish though? What do you think of it?

 

Saphir Burgundy is a very good polish, as are all of Saphir's products that i have tried. I am allergic to turpentine, though and can only use their polish out of doors. As you know, the weather hasn't been too good for the last few months, so this hasn't been possible! I mostly use KlenKaren products, these days which contain 'natural' products and no turpentine. 

 

I just lined up Saphir burgundy next to their Mahogany and there isn't a huge amount of difference between the two. Both have a reddish tint. This may be this was the cause of my confusion. Or perhaps it was just old age. 

 

I do not use polishes so much these days and rely mostly on brushing. I don't use wax at all.

 

Best wishes

Munky

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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

 

Saphir Burgundy is a very good polish, as are all of Saphir's products that i have tried. I am allergic to turpentine, though and can only use their polish out of doors. As you know, the weather hasn't been too good for the last few months, so this hasn't been possible! I mostly use KlenKaren products, these days which contain 'natural' products and no turpentine. 

 

I just lined up Saphir burgundy next to their Mahogany and there isn't a huge amount of difference between the two. Both have a reddish tint. This may be this was the cause of my confusion. Or perhaps it was just old age. 

 

I do not use polishes so much these days and rely mostly on brushing. I don't use wax at all.

 

Best wishes

Munky


I also have the Saphir Bordeaux wax polish (burgundy) and have to disagree with you here: the polish seems to contain more purple than red but I may have been deceived by my shoe project. Basically, I decided that I didn't like my burgundy shoes and came up with the wild idea to make them look purple. The customer service at one of the online retailers selling Saphir recommended to just use the bordeaux paste because it was "really rich in purple".

 

I purchased the polish (both shoe cream and wax polish) and gave the shoes a few polishes. Nothing changed - the shoes were still the same colour - burgundy with more purple than red though. I was unhappy so purchased Saphir Renomat and washed the wax polish off (it began to flake).

 

Then I purchased Saphir Beaute de Cuir lilac shoe cream which instead stained the shoes in areas and the purpleness became patchy. I was pretty annoyed by then because patchy purple looked very very bad.

 

In the end, I washed off the shoe cream with Renomat two or three times and used Saphir Teinture Francaise to paint them a purple colour. The project gave me fantastic results and I am really happy with Saphir Teinture Francaise - it's an excellent dye. I plan to post pictures and a detailed commentary of the project on my blog in the near future but at the moment I'm working on another post about my first Goodyear welted shoes from Berwick.

 

I guess because of the staining and flaking I grew a natural resentment to Saphir, although their products are fantastic I have to say. The whole situation was probably a cause of lack of knowledge and experience in shoes, but the whole shoe adventure came to a happy end ;) At the moment I prefer to stay off of Saphir (I only use the lilac shoe cream for the purple painted shoes which doesn't stain no more) and have began using the Swiss brand Burgol which I came across at when visiting the Shoepassion store in Warsaw, Poland. It's a great polish and I'm not planning on going back to Saphir :D

 

It seems that the Bordeaux / burgundy polish from Burgol is much more red than the one from Saphir and that's something that I also embrace. A good alternative too ;)


Edited by smerf - 2/1/16 at 4:40am
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It sounds as it all worked out well, Smerf!

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It sounds as it all worked out well, Smerf!


It did indeed Munky ;) But I'm not intending to try that again :D

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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?

I'm a 9.5D US in the AE 65 last and was sized by a chap in a Loake shop as a 9F on the 026 last (Langdale) because I found the 026 last a bit narrower. In the end I think it was a bit roomy, but I had my cobbler install some extra padding under the insole and now they're lovely. When I bought my Kemptons, I knew I want to be able to wear them with slightly thicker socks in cooler weather so I went with a 9 again and they're perfect.

Also, for all you fellow Americans out there, be advised that Loake is restricting UK stockists from shipping their products to the US as of this Monday the 1st so get your orders in!
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I'm a 9.5D US in the AE 65 last and was sized by a chap in a Loake shop as a 9F on the 026 last (Langdale) because I found the 026 last a bit narrower. In the end I think it was a bit roomy, but I had my cobbler install some extra padding under the insole and now they're lovely. When I bought my Kemptons, I knew I want to be able to wear them with slightly thicker socks in cooler weather so I went with a 9 again and they're perfect.

Also, for all you fellow Americans out there, be advised that Loake is restricting UK stockists from shipping their products to the US as of this Monday the 1st so get your orders in!

Yea, that restriction sucks... :/ After those 125 years or so Loake is a global brand and it should recognise that their customers are from ALL OVER the world. There's nothing we can do about it I guess, except feel for our American colleagues 😔
Edited by smerf - 1/30/16 at 2:50pm
post #2066 of 2390
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Yea, that restriction sucks... :/ After those 125 years or so Loake is a global brand and it should recognise that their customers are from ALL OVER the world. There's nothing we can do about it I guess, except feel for our American colleagues 😔

If Loake had some well established network of US based dealers it wanted to protect or wanted to sell to US customers direct from its own website, I guess it would somewhat make sense. However, neither is apparently the case.

I guess I'll just have to enjoy the one pair I have.
post #2067 of 2390

Yes. probably the only means of getting good value Loake shoes in the US will be eBay or from smaller chain EU retailers that actually ship to non-EU countries.

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I am pretty upset about this. Now we Yanks will just have to keep our eyes peeled for sales at East Dane and Gilt, etc.

 

Also, I haven't really seen too much about these on the web at all so I thought I would share. They're the Worton on the Pennine last; got them in a couple of weeks ago and absolutely adore them. I have somewhat wide feet so I didn't size down at all but I wish I had done, maybe half a size. With tongue pads though, they work just fine with both thick and thin socks and no heel slip. Gorgeous shoes; highly recommended.

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I am pretty upset about this. Now we Yanks will just have to keep our eyes peeled for sales at East Dane and Gilt, etc.

 

 

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Also, I haven't really seen too much about these on the web at all so I thought I would share. They're the Worton on the Pennine last; got them in a couple of weeks ago and absolutely adore them. I have somewhat wide feet so I didn't size down at all but I wish I had done, maybe half a size. With tongue pads though, they work just fine with both thick and thin socks and no heel slip. Gorgeous shoes; highly recommended.

 

Thanks for sharing. Those are very nice casual shoes. The red Dainite sole makes them quite unique.

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Was a bit of a struggle for me to find somewhere that shipped to australia since the export restrictions

I ended up using colin white menswear (site below) Got my order within a week, and got promt replies when i messaged about it.

Now a proud owner of a pair of Loake churchills =]

 

http://cwmenswear.co.uk/

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