An interesting debate on Loake longwings on the styleforum Loake thread:
Mr Knightley. That's an interesting thread IMO.
I liked the comparison between the (£200) Loakes and a smilar looking pair of Alfred Sargent ( £400) shoes,food for thought.
I still think that Loake offer a vast range to suit different people price wise,I think that they offer value for money.
I looked at the Loake Taunton but I didn't like the 2 different colours,theres already a contrast with the different leather finishes,it looks a bit of a "novelty" shoe IMO.
Have a look at the Herring Grassmere ( made by Cheaney) not much more expensive £265,nice shape,a grain leather longwing,I like the colour,I would prefer non metal eyelets,Dainite sole so not for everyone.