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I have loake 1880 loafer, I took my normal size, its a bit snug but comfortable. However, I manage to rip the stitching on the counter area on my first wear. Maybe it is to tight for me.

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Am looking at a shoe based on the Claridge (F Fitting)  last, i need some opinions here,

 

I wear a us 8 in the alden trubalance, barrie and wolverines 1k as well.

Would it be alright if i ordered a uk7.5 ? 

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Received my Aldwych's today in dark brown.  Love them!  Very comfortable heel, and the size fits me well.  I'm 8 D in Allen Edmonds and 7 F in the Capital last on Loake.

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Originally Posted by hyong91 View Post

Am looking at a shoe based on the Claridge (F Fitting)  last, i need some opinions here,

I wear a us 8 in the alden trubalance, barrie and wolverines 1k as well.
Would it be alright if i ordered a uk7.5 ? 
Yes, I'd go with 7.5F.
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My Herring branded Loakes in action yesterday, a minute or two after kicking some footballs with my kids. Real shoes, real world, real dirt. And I think, real style!

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My first Loakes:

 

 

 

 

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I've also recently got a pair of aldwych in dark brown, love them. What belt is everyone wearing with theres?

 

The loake dark brown belt is a very different hue. I asked loake for a picture and they sent me this. I think you can see the picture shows the dark brown aldwych to be a little lighter than they actually are but regardless, they are too different for my tastes. I find the colour they sent me in the second picture to be pretty accurate, for anyone interested, or if anyone can recommend a matching belt. I'm thinking the allen edmonds dark brown, I've looked high and low and everything is either too light or too dark. 

 

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Originally Posted by Samoth View Post
 

I've also recently got a pair of aldwych in dark brown, love them. What belt is everyone wearing with theres?

 

The loake dark brown belt is a very different hue. I asked loake for a picture and they sent me this. I think you can see the picture shows the dark brown aldwych to be a little lighter than they actually are but regardless, they are too different for my tastes. I find the colour they sent me in the second picture to be pretty accurate, for anyone interested, or if anyone can recommend a matching belt. I'm thinking the allen edmonds dark brown, I've looked high and low and everything is either too light or too dark.

 

Here is the AE wide basic belt in brown.... also quite dark compared to the Aldwych, though I wear them together and don't think twice as it matches the stitching/laces and most people don't stare at my crotch long enough to see a difference ;)

 

 

I'd gladly buy a lighter brown belt though to match a bit closer though if anyone has found something decent.

 

J&M has decent belts for good prices, they are my backup after trying AE as we have both in the mall nearby.

 

Will see if I can match some of these up this week and get back to you

https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/burnished-edge-belt/4995.html?dwvar_4995_color=Brown

https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/double-self-stitch-belt/8159.html?dwvar_8159_color=Brown

https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/feather-edge-belt/4615.html?dwvar_4615_color=Brown

https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/leather-overlay-belt/1918.html?dwvar_1918_color=Brown

https://www.johnstonmurphy.com/double-calf-belt/1894.html?dwvar_1894_color=Cognac

 

 

 

 

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Hello everybody,

 

You may want to checkout Barker belts, they have many different colours including lighter browns.

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@Samoth @SimplyStylin

The British Belt
 company Langham Brown and the Barker Mahogany are both quite good matches - the BB Langham is shown above. The Barker Mahogany below... Obviously both are available at a certain online shoe store :)

 

 

Stephen is pretty good at matching belts to shoes - being quite particular about his own colour matching. If we have the style you are after in stock we can usually get an image to show you the match too.

 

Mike

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Default I am a newby to nice shoes and need some advice
Hi all, just decided to take the plunge and finally purchase a pair of nice shoes. Until now I have rotated through canvas running shoes and Dr Martens.

I found a good offer for a pair of Loakes Ledbury shoes from the 1880 line for 149€ and thought it was too good to pass by.

I measured my feet and looked at the size conversion table (26cm long bringing me to a UK 8) and placed my order.

Shoes arrived today and look very nice to me (my wife also approves fully of them) but I have the feeling they are a bit snug. The length seems ok with a good 2cm from my big toe to the end of the shoe, but from the ball of the foot on back they are pretty snug and stiff, verging on tight.

Is this a normal fit? Will they loosen/soften up a bit with wear or should I get a larger size. I don't really want to go longer or they are going to be skis on me.

I really am not sure about higher end shoes and how they should feel, so I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by fraseringermany View Post

Default I am a newby to nice shoes and need some advice
Hi all, just decided to take the plunge and finally purchase a pair of nice shoes. Until now I have rotated through canvas running shoes and Dr Martens.

I found a good offer for a pair of Loakes Ledbury shoes from the 1880 line for 149€ and thought it was too good to pass by.

I measured my feet and looked at the size conversion table (26cm long bringing me to a UK 8) and placed my order.

Shoes arrived today and look very nice to me (my wife also approves fully of them) but I have the feeling they are a bit snug. The length seems ok with a good 2cm from my big toe to the end of the shoe, but from the ball of the foot on back they are pretty snug and stiff, verging on tight.

Is this a normal fit? Will they loosen/soften up a bit with wear or should I get a larger size. I don't really want to go longer or they are going to be skis on me.

I really am not sure about higher end shoes and how they should feel, so I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks in advance!

 

Shoes with quality leather will be stiff and will soften and mold over time to your feet. As to tightness, leather shoes are not running shoes. You want a close fit, but not too tight. This is a common topic that is discussed at length here. Doing a search will yield you plenty of answers.

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Thanks very much. I will have a good read through. I expected tight, but just not sure what is too tight and how much I can expect them to stretch and mold.

I am very fond of them though, I think they are nice looking shoes.
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Originally Posted by fraseringermany View Post

Thanks very much. I will have a good read through. I expected tight, but just not sure what is too tight and how much I can expect them to stretch and mold.

I am very fond of them though, I think they are nice looking shoes.

 

You're very welcome. I second they're very nice shoes, and you got quite a deal! As to what iz too tight, do you feel like your circulation has been cut off?

 

Learning what a good shoe fit takes both research and experience. So don't get discouraged, but also don't just expect anybody to tell you a shoe will or won't fit. People with 10 pairs can still disagree wildly, as well as still have a great deal to learn.

 

For starters, there's Old Leather Shoe blog, run by a forum member who also makes his own line of organic polish. He has a few good articles on shoe fit and leather care. DWFII is an expert shoemaker who has insights on fit.

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When I put them on they feel quite tight but not uncomfortable. After a little bit, the tightness turns to discomfort. It feels like my feet have been wrapped in a tight bandage from about the ball of the foot on towards the back. After about an hour, I felt like they were throbbing.

Like I said, I have never really had "nice" shoes before and I am a late switch Cher at 43.

It is not unlike wearing very tight hockey skates if that helps the analogy.
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