I had a pair of Ferragamo shoes split up the outside of the right shoe near the toe early this spring. After encountering a few rather rude sales people, and no help from the customer service wing here in Korea, I noticed a few recommendations for Loake. I picked up a pair of Loake Burford boots, and Norwich lace-ups roughly 2 months ago. So far I'm quite pleased. The Ferragamo's never really fit me right, and the inner-heel wore out on them after just over a month. The Loake shoes seem to be holding up much better. The leather feels sturdier, the stitching isn't frayed at all, and the glue is also holding better than my Ferragamo's. Overall, I'm impressed. They aren't the best shoe on the market, but for the money, I think you can't get much better. If there's one complaint that I have, it's that the soles are a little hard. It's almost like having plywood under my feet, but insoles have fixed that. And +1 for www.herringshoe.co.uk
! The guys there have been fantastic help. They are courteous, knowledgeable about their products and they ship things very quickly. From ordering to receiving the shoes took around 4 days, it would have been 3 days if Korean customs was a little more organized.