I found two options.
1. There's a guy on ebay who owns a couple of stores called North Shoes in England. He regular sells seconds on Ebay for very good prices. This is the route I chose.
2. The other option is Robinson's Shoes in Ireland will sell you 1sts for a pretty good price. You will not pay a VAT fee or shipping.
My 1880 Loakes are definitely on par with AE quality.