To complete my own thread and to add to the knowledge bank regarding Loake shoes. My Loake Dorchester's in the 1880 line on the Mayfair last size 9.5F UK arrived today. I purchased this shoe as an everyday 'beater' to wear to work. I know Loake are not highly regarded on this forum however in the village I live in of 4 million, I hope it will beat the 90% of fashion forward square toe cement jobs made in China.
Being a size 9.5F their dimensions are as follows:
Length : 32.5cm
Width : 11.3cm (at the widest point)
The only other decent shoe I have to compare these to are my C&J Lowndes Double Monkstraps which are Size 9.5E. Their dimensions are
Length : 32.5cm
Width : 11cm (at the widest point)
These dimensions at first seem very similar however if you measure the width at the narrowest point where the arch of the foot sits, the difference is significant:
Loake Dorchester (Mayfair Last) 7.5cm vs C&J Lowndes (348 Last) 6.6cm
What this implies (and is obvious when you compare the two shoes) is that the C&J has a far more thinner and sleaker shape. I would best compare the shape of these two shoes by calling the Loake and 'Arsy' BMW 5 series while the C&J last has the lines of a Ferrari or a super car. The other noticeable difference is that the leather on the Loake feels more 'rigid' while the C&J Lowndes leather feals more 'buttery'.
Loake Dorchester(Mayfair Last) Vs C&J Lowndes (348 Last)
I have not broken the Loakes or wore them yet properly. They don't feel like they will give me grief. The C&J Lowndes on the 348 on the other hand on my foot has been a true super car experience i.e slick but a hard ride. The length is spot on but slightly tight. I might even go up to a 10E on my next C&J 348.
Conclusion: The Loakes will serve as an excellent everyday 'beater' workshoe that I will not have issue throwing away in a few years if I have too. They suit this purpose of being a regular wearing shoe. The C&J on the other hand is the shoe I would wear when I want my feat to be noticed and when I want my shoes to say something about me. The Loakes would also be a little more sweater if they had punched holes for the toe cap.
My next shoes will probably be another pair of Loakes or Grensons for rotation however I also have a pair of Hallams on the 348 Last on the wish list for non work occassions when I want to be at my best.