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?
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.