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post #391 of 1313
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Originally Posted by London Guy View Post

Hi guys,

I'm looking for some advice on shoe care...

I've long been an admirer of quality shoes and this Christmas I have been lucky enough to receive my first pair of Loakes from my mrs.

I went with the 'Edward' shoe and fell in love with them immediately. Certainly a massive step up in quality from my current collection of footwear.

I have yet to wear them outside as I would like to know if I should use a leather protector before I venture out into the grim English weather.

I have shoe trees for them and obviously regular cleaning and polishing is a given.

I'm treating these badboys like a new born baby at the moment so would like the best possible advice on caring for them. I don't want to cover them in a leather protector if there's a chance it could damage/ruin them.

I've done a lot of research online and read that leather condtioners are a good start.

I would appreciate it if any of you experts could point me in the right direction of what is the best route before I give them their first outing. Any particular brands of products/care kits would be a nice touch also.

This pair of shoes is going to be the start of my quality shoe collection as I gradually faze out my existing sub £100 glued crap. I'm finally at the age and in a financial position where I can start investing in some decent footwear.

I look forward to your responses.

Cheers.
Edward is a wonderful shoe, I really like the last, it is nice and wide. It stays comfy on long walks, the victory sole gives good grip and is tough wearing. It polishes really well too. Mine is above pictured in post # 362, I've worn them for several months now smile.gif

No need for leather protector or sprays, I believe they can be silicone based and can harm the breathability of the leather. Just wax polish and also condition them with a good shoe cream periodically. The man at the Loake shop in London advised to use the cream once a month, I think he said. Loake sell their own range of wax polish and creams.

ps. Ashby is the same shoe as Edward but with leather sole.
post #392 of 1313
Hey,

Thanks for your reply.

I was actually originally going to buy the Ashby but the Loake store I visited didn't stock them. After a chat with the advisor I opted for the Edward due to the rubber sole (I have a knack for stacking it in dodgy weather).

I went out shopping with the intention of buying some Grenson Archie brogues. After seeing them in the flesh though they weren't really floating my boat.

I'm giving my Loakes their first wear today paired with some raw denim. I can't stop looking down at them.

Out of interest did you go with your usual size?
I'm an 11 which is what I went with after trying a 10.5 which were a little tight in the shop.

I think I've finally found something to replace my watch addiction. Can't wait to get my next pair.

Cheers.
post #393 of 1313
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Originally Posted by Gbg brouge View Post


I have the Kempton 9,5 F and it's a snug but not too tight fit. I have also tried the Cannon (Capital last) in both 9 and 9,5. They both fit but the 9 was a little too tight whereas the 9,5 gave me a little more room in the toe box without being too loose.
Since you find the 026 in F being comfortable/loose a half size down sounds like good way to go.
Cheers!

I've received today a pair of Loake Cannon in size Uk 8 and the fit it's perfect, many thanks for your help.

This model looks definitely nicer in person than web pics.
General finishing (welt etc.) it's questionable but overall they are a well built shoe.

Now they need a good polishing and antiquing job, I will post some pics soon.
post #394 of 1313
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Originally Posted by alexSF View Post


I've received today a pair of Loake Cannon in size Uk 8 and the fit it's perfect, many thanks for your help.

This model looks definitely nicer in person than web pics.
General finishing (welt etc.) it's questionable but overall they are a well built shoe.

Now they need a good polishing and antiquing job, I will post some pics soon.


Sounds great! The finish is the Achilles heel of Loake, but I guess there is never a free lunch and considering the price I think they're definately a good choice.

Have a Happy New Year and I'll be looking out for the pics!

:cheers:

post #395 of 1313
Was just recommended this brand on the "Ask a Quick Question" Thread, inasmuch as I'm looking for a black, calfskin 2-3 eyelet chukka w/ a sleeker profile. Think I've hit the nail on the head with the Kempton.

Eager to flip through this thread further.
Edited by El Argentino - 12/31/13 at 3:41pm
post #396 of 1313
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Originally Posted by London Guy View Post

Hey,

Thanks for your reply.

I was actually originally going to buy the Ashby but the Loake store I visited didn't stock them. After a chat with the advisor I opted for the Edward due to the rubber sole (I have a knack for stacking it in dodgy weather).

I went out shopping with the intention of buying some Grenson Archie brogues. After seeing them in the flesh though they weren't really floating my boat.

I'm giving my Loakes their first wear today paired with some raw denim. I can't stop looking down at them.

Out of interest did you go with your usual size?
I'm an 11 which is what I went with after trying a 10.5 which were a little tight in the shop.

I think I've finally found something to replace my watch addiction. Can't wait to get my next pair.

Cheers.
I went with size 7 UK which is my correct size as measured on the brannock. It fits me well and accommodates wearing thicker socks too. Edward is a wide fit and Loake tends to be on the generous side, and some suggest you go down half size from your usual but there is no substitute for getting your feet correctly measured and trying on in-store. smile.gif
post #397 of 1313
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Originally Posted by Gbg brouge View Post


Sounds great! The finish is the Achilles heel of Loake, but I guess there is never a free lunch and considering the price I think they're definately a good choice.
Have a Happy New Year and I'll be looking out for the pics!
cheers.gif

Happy New Year to you too! smile.gif

Here some pics, taken after a quick care process (Saphir MdO Lotion, Dark Brown Cream on Uppers/Welt, Black Cream on Toe/Heel)









Here four pics of the minor defects I've found:

Right shoe: ugly welt finish, a large tear in the lining (that I glued down with Vinavil, now invisible)





Left shoe: doubled welt stitch in the toe (annyoing, but I've cutted the thread excess and covered with cream), cracked buckle (this could be a problem but I hope it will last)






All this flaws are easily fixable at the first recrafting service at the factory so I don't care, the leather have lots of blemishes / visible veins but this is Loake standard and I am not surprised.

At the price I've found them (100£ shipped) I can't complain and couldn't be happier, but at full price maybe I would have expected more care... (being this pair first quality and not Subs)
Edited by alexSF - 1/1/14 at 7:09am
post #398 of 1313
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Originally Posted by Chuckie Egg View Post


I went with size 7 UK which is my correct size as measured on the brannock. It fits me well and accommodates wearing thicker socks too. Edward is a wide fit and Loake tends to be on the generous side, and some suggest you go down half size from your usual but there is no substitute for getting your feet correctly measured and trying on in-store. smile.gif


Well after wearing them all day yesterday I definitely made the right sizing choice. After trying on the 10.5 the Loake advisor did say there wouldn't be much give or stretching so going with my usual size 11 was the way forward.

 

The weather was grim and wet yesterday but those rubber soles kept me firmly gripped to the pavement even when I was crabbing in my drunken NYE stupor!

 

Happy New Year!

post #399 of 1313

Hi guys,

 

I would like to purchase a pair of Loake's suede Lincoln shoes, but they have Loafer last, and I have no experience with it. Which size should I choose if in Loake's Capital last my size is 8F (7.5F is tight however still wearable while 8F is a bit bigger in toes area than should  be but I still prefer 8F).

Second question is how differs Shoemaker line from 1880. I have 3 pairs of Loake, and they all are from 1880 line (and I like them), however I'm afraid that something below will be not so good as I expect. (According to Loake's official website images they are UK made, not Indian)

  

Thanks in advance 

post #400 of 1313
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

My brown shoe collection, comparison of Loake 026G and Capital F last, compare to other F lasts, and different shades of brown!

Loake Tweed, Loake Strand, Alfred Sargent Ramsey, Herring Drake, and Alfred Sargent Hunt.




Hello.

Could you comment on the quality of the Loake Tweed compared to the Strand 1880?
I read a review over on the Loake website that said the Tweed was corrected grain.

I need a burgundy shoe and am trying to decide between the Herring Richmond or the Loake Strand, and may keep the Tweed in mind for later in the year.
Still, being on the G last might rule it out.
post #401 of 1313
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Originally Posted by MacGuffen View Post
 

Hello!

 

What would you guys recommend for stylish winter wear in a Scandinavian climate (slush, snow, icy pavements). I think I need commando soles. I like the look of these, all at different price points:

 

Loake Adams £205 (the only shoe): http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=7&shoeid=7288

 

Loake Mulligan £210: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=7&shoeid=7338

 

Herring Windermere £295: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=4087

 

John Spencer Greenlands £169.5: http://www.pediwear.co.uk/johnspencer/products/6292.php

 

Pediwear Collection Gary Tan II £139.95: http://www.pediwear.co.uk/pediwear-collection/products/6297.php

 

Thanks!


Heh, I'm in Bergen as well, and I got myself a pair of Mulligans just before Christmas. I normally wear a UK 6.5 or 7, and I got them in the latter. Fits well, with room for some felt insoles. The quality seems decent to me, the colour is very nice, and the leather has broken in well. It does get light scratch marks easily though, because of the wax treatment. The boots also have a half bellows tongue, which for some reason isn't mentioned on most websites selling the boots. I've found the commando soles to be excellent in all conditions I've encountered so far, from mud to snow to pavement, and the rubber is pretty tough stuff (I normally wear down the heels pretty quickly, but these ones seem to hold up very well). I have some boots with Dainite soles, but in my experience they are not nearly sufficient in snowy conditions, unless you're only tripping across the parking lot to work. My only gripe with the soles is the fact that pebbles get stuck in them, but that's a minor nuissance I suppose. 

post #402 of 1313
Thread Starter 
Loake Tweed is at the high end of the shoemaker range, I find the quality similar to 1880, and it's full grain leather, not corrected grain.
post #403 of 1313
Does anyone have the Loake Reeves? Any opinions on the quality?
post #404 of 1313
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Loake Tweed is at the high end of the shoemaker range, I find the quality similar to 1880, and it's full grain leather, not corrected grain.

Good to hear.
Thank you for replying so quickly.
post #405 of 1313
Hey guys, how does Loake sizing work when converting to US sizing? Is it like C&J (7.5Uk/8.5US) or EG (7.5UK/8US)?

I'm an 8.5US. Thanks!
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