I have had mixed success with Loakes. The corrected grain shoes are very hard to maintain - any small mark is impossible to cover up.
My current Kew chestnut from the Shoemakers Comfort range are doing very well and in light of this brave thread I may seek out some more Loakes...
Mine three years on:
Corrected grain shoes are hard to maintain from any shoe maker, not just Loake.
I want a pair of Kew, always love the punch cap oxfords, too bad it's no longer available to purchase, wish it eventually be reintroduced.