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post #19066 of 57136
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Originally Posted by JRolley View Post

Yeah I have never bought anything there I just walked into their boutique one day last week and some of their stuff looked nice, had never spoken to anyone about it but from what you said I'm guessing it's another Australian brand putting quality last and expecting people to pay large sums.
Thanks for that! I'll check it out next time I'm in the city. For Loake is there a particular model anyone could recommend I'm fairly tall and thin so I like my shoes not bulky but fairly modern and sleek but they still have the classic feel and quality.

!nything 1880 seems to be the mojo around SF, no experience myself...but that journeyman he is da fountain of knowledge :)

post #19067 of 57136
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Originally Posted by JRolley View Post

Yeah I have never bought anything there I just walked into their boutique one day last week and some of their stuff looked nice, had never spoken to anyone about it but from what you said I'm guessing it's another Australian brand putting quality last and expecting people to pay large sums.

Thanks for that! I'll check it out next time I'm in the city. For Loake is there a particular model anyone could recommend I'm fairly tall and thin so I like my shoes not bulky but fairly modern and sleek but they still have the classic feel and quality.

http://www.loake.co.uk/loake-1880.html

I'm not familiar with Loake lasts so I can't help you there. Try some on and see which fits your foot best. That should be the last you pick.
post #19068 of 57136
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Originally Posted by JRolley View Post

Yeah I have never bought anything there I just walked into their boutique one day last week and some of their stuff looked nice, had never spoken to anyone about it but from what you said I'm guessing it's another Australian brand putting quality last and expecting people to pay large sums.


Thanks for that! I'll check it out next time I'm in the city. For Loake is there a particular model anyone could recommend I'm fairly tall and thin so I like my shoes not bulky but fairly modern and sleek but they still have the classic feel and quality.

 

What do you mean by sleek and modern? The thing is, all of their 'normal' capped oxfords, semi-brogues and full brogues in the 1880 range are all on the capital last.

 

Loake have introduced some other pointed asymmetrical versions called the Mayfair and the Swing, which I guess are supposed to be sleeker. The shoes made on those lasts have some non-conventional decorations, though, and you may want to think carefully about that. Also, most of us probably graduated from Loake quite fast, so the odds of someone having a lot of experience with the more obscure styles is not that high.

 

Loake make some really respectable shoes, especially when you consider price, but if you want anything especially fancy and sleek, you'll have to look at C&J/Meermin/Carmina (at the very least). All Loake shoes tend to be a bit large and blobby looking, when put next to a more expensive shoe. Remember that we're talking <1% difference here, as you can guarantee that 99% of the people out there wouldn't know a good shoe if it kicked them in the jollies.

 

As far as I know, there are no chisel toe or square lasts at all, though these are quite sleek and modern (see e.g. G&G St James, CJ Hallam/Drummond/Westbourne, AS Moore).

post #19069 of 57136

Hahaha that is exactly what I meant! 100%! It seems to go that cheap shoes (sub 300) have nice ideas behind their styles but are made so poorly and of cheap material. Then you have the range of maybe 300-500ish that are nice quality but fairly big, bulky shoes and after that 500+ you start to get nice style and nice quality. Being a young guy looking to start out in the shoe world is rough >< 

post #19070 of 57136
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Originally Posted by JRolley View Post

Hahaha that is exactly what I meant! 100%! It seems to go that cheap shoes (sub 300) have nice ideas behind their styles but are made so poorly and of cheap material. Then you have the range of maybe 300-500ish that are nice quality but fairly big, bulky shoes and after that 500+ you start to get nice style and nice quality. Being a young guy looking to start out in the shoe world is rough >< 


No, I think I've given you the wrong idea. It's only big and bulky if you (a) have spent at least X years looking at high end shoes, and you're being really pedantic or (b) put it right next to an expensive shoe and compare the lines.

 

Try on some Loake 1880s, and see for yourself.

post #19071 of 57136

I think in Brisbane they don't stock 1880s. I've only seen Loake Shoemakers and Loake Designs. Will the sizing be the same, like if I try on a Design or Shoemaker would I be the same in the 1880s? I will have to double check everywhere just in case. 

post #19072 of 57136
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Originally Posted by JRolley View Post

Hahaha that is exactly what I meant! 100%! It seems to go that cheap shoes (sub 300) have nice ideas behind their styles but are made so poorly and of cheap material. Then you have the range of maybe 300-500ish that are nice quality but fairly big, bulky shoes and after that 500+ you start to get nice style and nice quality. Being a young guy looking to start out in the shoe world is rough >< 

Hate to sound like an advert but look at some of the goodyear welted full calf options in the Loake Design range on sites like Herring and Pediwear. May well be the sort of thing you're after, decent quality construction with a slightly more 'modern' take on classic styles without getting too fashion forward. You'll easily find some under $300 and on sale as low as maybe $150 delivered which is insane value for the quality.
post #19073 of 57136
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post

Hate to sound like an advert but look at some of the goodyear welted full calf options in the Loake Design range on sites like Herring and Pediwear. May well be the sort of thing you're after, decent quality construction with a slightly more 'modern' take on classic styles without getting too fashion forward. You'll easily find some under $300 and on sale as low as maybe $150 delivered which is insane value for the quality.

I agree with this.

Thank God it's Monday, said no-one, ever.
post #19074 of 57136

JRolley

 

I am 20 and about to enter the workforce. I too wanted a good leather shoe that was a classic, looked smart and is not so heavy that you looked 'too conservative'. I am far from the shoe connoisseur.

 

I spent quite a while scouring the Internet for a good entry level leather shoe. I decided on the Loake 1880 range. I was told the only range that Loake has any decent quality in is the 1880 range. The reviews are overwhelming in favor of Loake 1880s being good shoes.

 

If you want to see how Loake shoes are made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W7_hPugqro

 

I went to my local 'Henry Bucks' store and tried on an 1880 Loake for size. They only go down to UK 8, which felt slightly big. So I had to go down the road to DJs and try on other Loake lines for size. I found UK 7 to be the right size.

 

If you are working 5 days a week full-time, it would be preferable to have 2 pairs of shoes that you rotate each day. Each pair of shoe will last longer and it will keep things interesting. I think you can't go wrong with a classic brogue.

 

So I bought two pairs of Loake 1880s from:

 

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/loake/1880/

 

They were the 1880 Buckingham in dark brown and the Savoy in black.

 

Each pair of shoe from Pediwear came with a complimentary silk woven tie, and cedar shoe trees. I upgraded the shoe trees to the 'Loake' branded shoe trees and bought 2 small Dasco brushes. I also got given a complimentary Loake shoe polish tin for each pair.

 

So for 2 pairs of shoes, 2 brushes, 2 shoes trees, 2 tins of polish and 2 silk ties and shipping costs, the total was: 348.50 GBP. At the current exchange rate that is A$550 inc shipping. At Henry Bucks a pair of 1880 Buckingham's were selling for $420 each with nothing included. You can see how much cheaper it is buying online. I have also got to factor in TOPY costs (attaching rubber soles) of $45 each at my local cobbler. Total $640 - $320 per pair.

 

Each pair of shoes will need to be polished every 2 weeks.

 

When they arrive I will let you know how they feel.

 

Hopefully I have made the right decision. Loake are a long way from being the best, but when you are twenty you can't go much further up the chain without paying more. After Loake there is Crockett and Jones, Churches, Carmina etc. They are for the more experienced shoe wearers.

 

What do you guys think? For my first pair of work shoes?

 

Michael

post #19075 of 57136
Can anyone recommend a cobbler in Brisbane to put a topy on some shoes?

Cheers.
post #19076 of 57136
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Originally Posted by Michael Sy View Post


Hopefully I have made the right decision. Loake are a long way from being the best, but when you are twenty you can't go much further up the chain without paying more. After Loake there is Crockett and Jones, Churches, Carmina etc. They are for the more experienced shoe wearers.

What do you guys think? For my first pair of work shoes?

Michael

Michael,

I think those are good choices.

I've got shoes ranging from Loake up to Edward Green and Berluti and, for the money, I think that Loake's 1880 range are good. I've got a couple of more casual pairs on the 026 last and a pair of the "Strand" Adelaide-throat balmorals on the Capital last. The latter are really nice shoes for the money, particularly after a few applications of a good shoe cream/polish.

I would, however, tend to get another one or two pairs of shoes when finances permit, just to give you a larger rotation so that you can rest your shoes a bit more between wearings and to give you a greater choice, too!
post #19077 of 57136
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Originally Posted by zachary12 View Post

Can anyone recommend a cobbler in Brisbane to put a topy on some shoes?
Cheers.

Hallelujah, downstairs in Broadway on the Mall, do a serviceable job.

Joe's Shoe Repairs (or something like that) at Coorparoo does an excellent job.

Therefore, if you can get out to Coorparoo, I'd recommend it, but if you can't, then Hallelujah will be OK.

Unfortunately, Joe's Shoe Repairs is not open on the weekend so if you don't have flexible working hours it can be a bit difficult to get there when they are open.
post #19078 of 57136
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Originally Posted by zachary12 View Post

Can anyone recommend a cobbler in Brisbane to put a topy on some shoes?
Cheers.

Hallelujah shoes in Broadway in the mall. Just off queen st mall past country road.
post #19079 of 57136
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Originally Posted by Michael Sy View Post


Hopefully I have made the right decision. Loake are a long way from being the best, but when you are twenty you can't go much further up the chain without paying more. After Loake there is Crockett and Jones, Churches, Carmina etc. They are for the more experienced shoe wearers.

What do you guys think? For my first pair of work shoes?

Michael

It depends how long you have been wearing shoes. If you are an experienced shoe wearer like me (been wearing shoes for about 10 years now - before that went barefoot and then graduated to squashed water bottles tied to feet with string) then maybe you are ready for a pair of Loakes. If you haven't been wearing shoes that long, I suggest you start with sandals first to get your feet used to it.

With a few more years under my belt I think I will have mastered this shoe wearing thing and can start sporting bespoke organge stingraygator button boots that cost $10,000,000,000,000,000.
post #19080 of 57136
Just a quick update, I have received my first pre-owned pair of shoes today. First of all even thou its ½ size bigger than my usual. It fits perfectly. ½ small would've been too small. I wasn't aware that c&j runs narrow. Anyway the topy’ed sole and heel also looks ok. leather looks surprisingly good ! There are some scratches but nothing major. Once I go home I will spray some shoe disinfectors and will need to spend hour long polish. Will do a before and after for everyone to enjoy .


http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/300792175194?nma=true&si=oCtz8NEBcsVCtareOgipOvyMhYw%3D&rt=nc&_trksid=p4340.l2557&orig_cvip=true
Edited by md2010 - 10/15/12 at 4:19am
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