Just weighing in on this Loake versus Crockett and Jones (and Tricker's) discussion.
I have two pairs of Loakes in the 1880 range, and I also have as many C&Js and more Tricker's than I care to number (or that actually fit me--strange fitting shoes).
I think Loakes are a great value shoe, and if they made more I like I would buy more. They are not as well made as either of the other two, however.
One thing I would point out is that Loakes soles will delaminate fairly quickly. I don't care about this, as I do log some miles on my Loakes, but I have never seen C&Js do this, with the caveat that I have never walked a couple of miles in a pair of C&J shoes. Tricker's, however, I have put through the paces, and I have never seen the sole layers separate. Both of my Loake 1880s do. They are stitched firmly, of course, so they aren't "coming apart" but it is a noticeable difference.
I would add a special vote of confidence on the quality of Loake 1880 calfskins. Really good stuff that blows most other calfskins at that pricepoint clear out of the water. Sanders, not even close. Allen Edmonds, not even close. Cheaney, not that I've seen. Barker, not that I've seen. I think you have to bump up a pricepoint to find the calfskins Loake 1880 is competing with.