Originally Posted by rdawson808
Thought I'd bump this to add a Loake question:
Any thoughts on the difference between their Shoemaker Main and Shoemaker Comfort? There's a pair of brogue monks that look almost the same (slightly different broguing) in each. If I buy them, I'm tempted to go for the slightly more expensive Comfort version.
The shoemaker main are Loakes bread and butter range, these are their main sellers if you like, a lot of the styles are rebadged for various retailers. If they're polished leather (which I believe the majority are) then they'll be correct grain.
The shoemaker comfort range have cushioned insoles and rubber inserts in the soles for added durability. I've only ever seen one pair of these shoes (edinburgh was the model) and the leather used for the sole was poor quality. The shoes themselves were quite comfortable when I tried them on.
All in all stick to the 1880 range, better leather, better finishing. Better still go for Cheaney, better shoes all round