Originally Posted by Sebastian
Herringshoes is a great source for shoes...Adrian was very kind and helpful. I can nothing but highly recommend them.
But not really fond of the Loakes. I have just one pair, but i don't think I would buy them again, although I wear them occasionally...
I have a pair of Loake Twynning seconds (MTO for Herring Shoes). Afaik, they are the same as the Loake Durham from the 1880 range, except mine don't have combination heels. A similar shoe was available from Tyrwhitt a while ago. Leather quality is so-so; very thick, so probably durable, but not supple at all, also has a very dry hand (for lack of better term, don't know if that makes sense). Basically looks and feels more like full grain leather than calfskin.