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post #3946 of 48616
I also don't share PG's hatred of all things Loake. I have a couple of 1880 range shoes, as well as a pair of mainline shoes with rubber soles, which I use as wet-weather beaters. Compared to other English shoes I own, the 1880 aren't terrible by any means. They are certainly not as well made or finished as my Trickers, Grenson Rose, C&J or Church, but that is to be expected given the different price point.
post #3947 of 48616
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Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe View Post
About 8 years ago when I worked at Robby Ingham on oxford St she used to be one of our biggest womenswear clients. Always bought lot's of Comme de Garcon and other left of field labels. Very eccentric and very nice.



Don't agree with this at all. They are what they are. They're not St Crispins that's for sure. There also not Aquila's. For me they fit nicely in between as long as you stick to the 1880 range. I have 2 pair of 1880 (one which I'm wearing today and both have worn very well, are very comfy and polish up fantastic. Quality is on par with my Shipton and Heneage that are made by C&J.

It's prob worth noting here that many people on here can't afford to spend $1000+ on a pair of shoes, or even $500 for that matter. Not because we are poor, but because we have mortgages, new cars and other money consuming hobbies (in my case cycling, golf and fishing) but still want to look good on the budget we have. So in conclusion Loake are absolutely fine at the 1880 range level. Below that not so good.

+1 . I have a pair of Loakes Tweeds I bought on sale at DJs years ago and they are solid as and still one of my most comfortable shoes even after years of wear. There is nothing wrong with Loakes for the price.
post #3948 of 48616
Have the day off with the sniffles and I've just been looking at the Loakes stuff. Am I crazy in thinking this is a very nice looking shoe? Does the polishing say something about the quality of the leather (and does that matter for practical non-SF purposes)? I also quite like this one. Now, I'm off to order some T.M Lewin shirts while I have the time...
post #3949 of 48616
You only need to go into Florsheim these days to understand the role Loake now play in people's wardrobes.
post #3950 of 48616
I bought my first pair of Loake 1880's last year. The uppers broke in quite quickly but the soles took a long time (Topy'ing may have affected this). In any case, now the soles aren't quite as stiff as they were initially and now they are a lovely pair of shoes to wear and walk in all day. I'm saving my pennies now for some C&J's in a few months. It will be interesting to compare the two. At the moment, I still think there will be room in my future (dream?) wardrom for more Loake's, especially Danite-soled boots (e.g. Plimco) to wear in Melbourne's lovely weather. BTW my C&J catalogue just arrived today. Wow. So many shoes I've never seen before. Is it wrong to get quite excited by this?
post #3951 of 48616
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
So many shoes I've never seen before. Is it wrong to get quite excited by this?

No. No it's not.
post #3952 of 48616
I know this has been beaten to death (I deserve a chance to rant as well I reckon!) but shopping for shoes in Australia is a nightmare. I have never brought myself to indulge in a pair of decent shoes in Australia - aside from the odd florsheim (?) for work & trashing - of which I'm still trashing them. (No point investing in proper shoes for work with blood, & bodily fluids spilling on them - I work in the medical field).

For quality shoes that I devote for weekends wear, I tend to shop for them online or when I head overseas. For online purchases, I primarily get them from ebay risking against all odds with shoe sizes. I have been burnt buying sizes that hardly fit. But you cant deny the some of the deals you can get online. Not a bargain when you two pairs and only one of them fits. *shrugs*

By far, the most comfortable shoes my feet has ever laid on are from Fratelli Rossetti & Bally - (unfortunately not from Australia, London and Singapore boutiques respectively). The selections in Australia are shocking & massively disappointing. Do they even have Fratelli here??

Other shoes I own are:-
Gucci shoes are aesthetically pleasing, comfort wise, they are average. I do own a few Ralph Lauren which are handsome shoes by the way, comfort wise, hardly - although I do own one driving shoes that is to die for when you slide you feet into them.

I have read ravishing reviews on bespoke Berluti shoes. Unfortunately, my tastes have not matured to that level.
Has anyone tried them?
What about Tod's? One of the loafers caught my eye.........

The workmanship of Louis Vuitton shoes are 'right up there' and I know many frowned at the mention of LV - but you cant deny the beauty of their line of shoes, and how well-made they are. I plan to invest on one in the near future ever since the day I regrettably passed one of the most brilliantly designed patent shoes....

Talking about culture........ Anyone knows if any of our large bookstores carry 'The Rake' magazine? Now, that is the magazine for gentleman.
post #3953 of 48616
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post
Can anyone give me a quick recommendation for a good drycleaner in Melbourne CBD? Need to get a suit done (unfortunately...).

Bancrofts at Toorak was (highly) recommended to me. Google them.
I havent been to them yet, but I will be some time this year....
post #3954 of 48616
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post
You only need to go into Florsheim these days to understand the role Loake now play in people's wardrobes.

Just curious - what does this mean? They look/are the same?
post #3955 of 48616
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Originally Posted by Quarks View Post
I know this has been beaten to death (I deserve a chance to rant as well I reckon!) but shopping for shoes in Australia is a nightmare. I have never brought myself to indulge in a pair of decent shoes in Australia - aside from the odd florsheim (?) for work & trashing - of which I'm still trashing them. (No point investing in proper shoes for work with blood, & bodily fluids spilling on them - I work in the medical field).

For quality shoes that I devote for weekends wear, I tend to shop for them online or when I head overseas. For online purchases, I primarily get them from ebay risking against all odds with shoe sizes. I have been burnt buying sizes that hardly fit. But you cant deny the some of the deals you can get online. Not a bargain when you two pairs and only one of them fits. *shrugs*

By far, the most comfortable shoes my feet has ever laid on are from Fratelli Rossetti & Bally - (unfortunately not from Australia, London and Singapore boutiques respectively). The selections in Australia are shocking & massively disappointing. Do they even have Fratelli here??

Other shoes I own are:-
Gucci shoes are aesthetically pleasing, comfort wise, they are average. I do own a few Ralph Lauren which are handsome shoes by the way, comfort wise, hardly - although I do own one driving shoes that is to die for when you slide you feet into them.

I have read ravishing reviews on bespoke Berluti shoes. Unfortunately, my tastes have not matured to that level.
Has anyone tried them?
What about Tod's? One of the loafers caught my eye.........

The workmanship of Louis Vuitton shoes are 'right up there' and I know many frowned at the mention of LV - but you cant deny the beauty of their line of shoes, and how well-made they are. I plan to invest on one in the near future ever since the day I regrettably passed one of the most brilliantly designed patent shoes....

Talking about culture........ Anyone knows if any of our large bookstores carry 'The Rake' magazine? Now, that is the magazine for gentleman.

Fratellis are sold at Vince Melouney's in Elizabeth St and Henry Bucks at times.

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Originally Posted by Gassyndrome View Post
Just curious - what does this mean? They look/are the same?

You need to get out more often IMHO after that comment....
post #3956 of 48616
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Originally Posted by Gassyndrome View Post
Just curious - what does this mean? They look/are the same?

Just that once upon a time you could go in to Florsheim and buy a pair of half decent shoes at a reasonable price, but now it's a lost cause. So Loake have filled that void for me.
post #3957 of 48616
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post
Just that once upon a time you could go in to Florsheim and buy a pair of half decent shoes at a reasonable price, but now it's a lost cause. So Loake have filled that void for me.

Aha - thanks for that. Makes sense!

And as for 'getting out more' meister, I don't quite understand. Do you want me to hang out in Florsheims? Get out and around and ask people where their ugly shoes came from?
post #3958 of 48616
I took a suit to Bancrofts a few months ago. $35 is very steep for a suit dry clean, but they got all the stains out and the lapel had a nice roll to it. So I'll go back. Especially for my expensive suits with finer fabrics.
post #3959 of 48616
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Originally Posted by Gassyndrome View Post
Have the day off with the sniffles and I've just been looking at the Loakes stuff. Am I crazy in thinking this is a very nice looking shoe? Does the polishing say something about the quality of the leather (and does that matter for practical non-SF purposes)?

I also quite like this one.

Now, I'm off to order some T.M Lewin shirts while I have the time...

I'll be honest and say straight out that both of them aren't all that nice and as a few of us have pointed out, if buying Loakes you need to stick to the 1880 range as it is better quality calf leather and made in England at this level. The 1880's are on more classic lasts also, these are both a bit fashiony I guess some would say.

The shinyness is more often than not an indicator of corrected grain leather, do a search for what that means and you'll find heaps of info, in a bit of a rush to explain it right now.

Good luck, but yeah pay the extra and stick to the 1880 range. I got a pair of Herring suedes made by Loake at xmas (Shoemaker level I think) and they are not wearing well at all.
post #3960 of 48616
I almost bought the McQueen in black before buying the Aldwych. David Jones stocks the McQueen, have a look at it in person.
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