Thanks, Alex, that's really helpful.
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nice ones .Now some new Loake royals from their Shoemakers range . These are solid comfortable and amazing shoe . Yes , I know , corrected grain , but beyond that their quality for the price is superb. . They fit better in the heel area than , for example , my Church's and C&J . There is something about these old lasts from loake which are great . Wearing these shoes I feel particularly well-shod . It's been a few years since I wore loakes and I must say the last one's I had on the capital last looked amazing but were a bit insubstantial , particularly in the sole which really felt a bit thin . Also the capital last didn't quite suit me . I think I will be making some more forays into the more traditional lines from Loake . image.jpg 1776k .jpg file
I tried a pair of Loake Royal brogues once but found them a bit narrow in the toe box for me. Sold them on, on bay, for twice what I'd paid for them.
I agree about he thin sole, as that's something I find with my pair of Strands.
No such thin sole issues with the AE MacNeils I'm wearing this morning.
My favourite Loakes are probably my Chester brogues. They are built like tanks and take a lot of wearing in. Worth it, though, when they are. For style and colour, though, I don't think you can beat burgundy Strands. An added advantage of the latter is that you can wear them with almost anything. Not sure what to buy next. Loakes are just about in my price range and my wife would leave me if I bought anything more expensive.
The Elland look nice shoes, Simar! Note that they are 'G' fitting and - as you say - are a bit wider. If shoes feel wider in the shop, they probably are too wide when you wear them.
Thinking about it a bit more, would it be better to pay another £50 and get calf leather shoes from the 1880 collection?
Yes , I would pay more for calf , but for the 026 , 1639 and 3265 lasts , which are my favourites. . I had two pairs of kemptons , both lovely calf , on the 026 last which we're wonderful solid shoes , great quality for the price , but IMHO , there are some tricky lasts in the 1880 range , and one pair I had on the capital last felt a bit flimsy . I wish Loakes would up spec their shoemaker range to give calf as an option .
They do offer some calf leather shoes in their Shoemaker range. The "Tweed" and "Ayr" models are calf leather for instance.