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Hi guys,

 

First and foremost, a big thank you for contributing to the wealth of information in there :) Certainly helpful in the shoe purchasing decision.

 

 

My first pair of Loakes, the Strand Burgundy  arrived a few days ago and I noticed that the stitching of the GY welt on my left shoe seems frayed and breaking off. I have not worn the shoes yet.

 

 

 

 

 

Also noticed slight fraying of the stitching in the right shoe:

 

 

I suppose I should send it back halfway around the world for a replacement pair?

 

Appreciate your comments.

post #2177 of 2385
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Originally Posted by defstar View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

First and foremost, a big thank you for contributing to the wealth of information in there :) Certainly helpful in the shoe purchasing decision.

 

 

My first pair of Loakes, the Strand Burgundy  arrived a few days ago and I noticed that the stitching of the GY welt on my left shoe seems frayed and breaking off. I have not worn the shoes yet.

 

 

 

 

 

Also noticed slight fraying of the stitching in the right shoe:

 

 

I suppose I should send it back halfway around the world for a replacement pair?

 

Appreciate your comments.

 

Personally I think you're being overly picky for a pair of handmade shoes in this price range. Nothing will ever be perfect especially around the welt which is incredibly tricky to work,from looking at the pictures its extremely doubtful that it will cause any harm further down the line.

post #2178 of 2385
I would echo the sentiment above. This is one of those times where you should enjoy them instead of worrying about them. Nothing is perfect in life. They're gorgeous shoes and you're lucky to own them smile.gif
post #2179 of 2385
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I would echo the sentiment above. This is one of those times where you should enjoy them instead of worrying about them. Nothing is perfect in life. They're gorgeous shoes and you're lucky to own them smile.gif

 

I would agree with the comments, above. There is a real danger in looking with a 'microscope' at our shoes - especially when they are new. I have a pair of Burgundy Strands, too. If I look really, really closely, I can find the odd issue...but, they are beautiful shoes, I enjoy wearing them and hope that you do! Best wishes, Munky.

post #2180 of 2385

Reporting back after 7 months with my Buffords (Dainite sole).

 

I got this after having sizing issues with the AE Daltons (same size 9). In these 7 months, I've worn the Buffords a lot and this past winter.

 

Held up extremely well and I continue to wear it in heavy rotation with my Alden Indys. (just bought the AE Malone from the clearence sale last week).

 

I might pick up the Buffords in black down the line . Highly recommended.

post #2181 of 2385

I'm considering picking up a pair of Loake Sahara Chukka Boot or Loake Kalahari Chukka Boot. Have anyone any experience with any one of these two models? 

I have Loake Aldwych in size 7,5 capital last. They fit good in with, but is a little bit to big all over. I recently tried a pair of Loake Cumbria in size 7, G-width. They were perfect for my feet. Any response would be of great help! 

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If you find the Aldwych a little big in a 7.5 then I would recommend a 7 they're a bit on the roomy side for F fits.

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I suppose this thread has died down a bit after Loake's US shipping restrictions.

 

I managed to snag a pair of Kempton's from Pediwear right before the restrictions went into affect. Unfortunately, the Kemptons don't really work with my oddly shaped feet. I sized down one from my US size, but find them narrow in width in some places.

 

Luckily for someone they are available for sale (Brown Suede, size 11UK), shipping from Toronto. PM me for details!

post #2184 of 2385

So I really wanted to try a some mahogany Chester brogues as I don't have a short wing shoe, only boots. Lucky me found the last pair in my size in the US that was under $300, so for $256 I scooped them off Amazon.

 

Box came in a day, but inside was a pair of tan Chesters instead of mahogany!

 

Now I'm in a pickle... keep them due to the good deal and lack of availability in the US, or send them back for a refund as I have 2 pretty close styles as seen below (AE Dalton, Loake Langdale).

 

Any thoughts? I'm leaning towards keeping them, but it may be overkill....LOL

 

 


Edited by SimplyStylin - 6/3/16 at 5:50am
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Originally Posted by SimplyStylin View Post
 

So I really wanted to try a some mahogany Chester brogues as I don't have a short wing shoe, only boots. Lucky me found the last pair in my size in the US that was under $300, so for $256 I scooped them off Amazon.

 

Box came in a day, but inside was a pair of tan Chesters instead of mahogany!

 

Now I'm in a pickle... keep them due to the good deal and lack of availability in the US, or send them back for a refund as I have 2 pretty close styles as seen below (AE Dalton, Loake Langdale).

 

Any thoughts? I'm leaning towards keeping them, but it may be overkill....LOL

 

 

 

I think it's impossible to buy too many pairs of tan shoes/boots!  I have the Chester's and Buckingham's in tan. I also have the Boughton's in Burgundy and another pair of Buckingham's in mid brown. The Burgundy shoes are a beautiful colour...but I wish I had bought them in tan. I also have a second pair of Buckingham's in mid brown. I don't wear the latter all that much - they are great shoes but the colour isn't too thrilling. Overall, I would rate tan shoes as my favourites and they go with almost everything. 

post #2186 of 2385
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I think it's impossible to buy too many pairs of tan shoes/boots!  I have the Chester's and Buckingham's in tan. I also have the Boughton's in Burgundy and another pair of Buckingham's in mid brown. The Burgundy shoes are a beautiful colour...but I wish I had bought them in tan. I also have a second pair of Buckingham's in mid brown. I don't wear the latter all that much - they are great shoes but the colour isn't too thrilling. Overall, I would rate tan shoes as my favourites and they go with almost everything. 

 

Yeah, I've decided to keep them! Still not sure why they have made it so hard to get their shoes here.

 

post #2187 of 2385

Sorry, but I mangled the English and the sense in my last post!  It should have read as follows:

 

 

"I think it's impossible to buy too many pairs of tan shoes/boots!  I have the Chester's and Buckingham's in tan. I also have the Boughton's in Burgundy and another pair of Buckingham's in mid brown. The Burgundy shoes are a beautiful colour...but I wish I had bought them in tan.. I don't wear the mid brown Bucks all that much - they are great shoes but the colour isn't too thrilling. Overall, I would rate tan shoes as my favourites and they go with almost anything.

 

I am glad that you have decided to keep your tan shoes!  Munky

post #2188 of 2385

Loake 1880 soles and heels are incredible. After nearly 6 years (of being in a semi rotation), there is still plenty of wear in both sole and heel of my Chesters. The  bits that I think will wear out first, are the toes of the soles. 

 

This can be compared with my two pairs of Trickers. Neither is more than two years old but I have had to have the rubber quarter repaired on one pair and will need to do the other one very soon. 

 

Tricker's are undoubtedly beautiful shoes but when I want to wear something that is both good looking and comfortable, I go to my Loake 1880 Buckinghams.The two issues I have with the Trickers (but not with the Loakes) are these. First, as I have indicated, the heels wear out very quickly. Second, because of their incredibly tough soles, I am still having problems with getting them comfortable.

 

On the other hand, Loake tend to stick to very traditionally styled shoes. They know their market and don't seem to update to anything particularly jazzy.  Tricker's don't mind playing with colours and styles. I have one pair of bright red and one pair of bright green Tricker's. What needs to be kept in mind, though, is that the Trickers are more than double the cost of the Loakes.  

All things being equal, I reckon that the Loake 1880 range are a great starting point (and maybe staying point) for anyone in the market for good shoes at a good price. 

 

I don't always buy expensive shoes and find my 1461 Dr Marten's shoes to be some of the most comfortable I have - I have three pairs. I also have a pair of their traditional 1460 boots which, I think, will take a bit longer to break in. I enjoy them as 'fun' boots. The DM shoes needed no breaking in. 

 

Shoes in my price ranges are as follows:

 

Up to £100 -  Dr Marten's shoes

Up to £250 -  Loake's shoes and boots

Up to the upper £300s - Tricker's shoes

 

An outlier, is the Sander's brogue. Not nearly as finely made as Trickers but comparable with Tricker's looks and very comfortable. They are at around the Loake price point. 

 

With all good wishes, 

Munky

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Munky,

 

Do you have the Chester in the double leather sole or rubber? Looking to get them in a couple of months for the winter. Jones Bootmaker had the double leather 50% off (£112) back at the end of the Christmas sale, I was annoyed since I was waiting for payday but by the time it came around the sale had ended :brick: 

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Munky,

 

Do you have the Chester in the double leather sole or rubber? Looking to get them in a couple of months for the winter. Jones Bootmaker had the double leather 50% off (£112) back at the end of the Christmas sale, I was annoyed since I was waiting for payday but by the time it came around the sale had ended :brick: 

Sorry to hear about your having to miss the sale. 

 

I've got the Chester's with the double leather sole and they are very comfortable and look really good.. I also have the boot version (Buford's) with Dainite soles and heels. Both are good but I think I marginally prefer the leather soles. Note that the welt edges on the leather ones tend to get scuffed quite a lot. You can put this down as 'patina' or buy some Saphir edging cream and cover the scuffs. A Fine Pair of Shoes sell the product. It takes a steady hand but easy enough to apply. In the last year, I have left the sides of the welts alone and enjoyed the edging being a bit scruffy. 

 

If you can, do try to try them on before you commit yourself. They are fairly wide shoes but, counterintuitively, I had to go up a half size in both pairs of shoes. Munky.

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