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Advice on which black Oxford shoe to get

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If I had to choose from that list, I'd go for Cheaney Lime. Elegant last and Cheaney tends to be higher quality leather.
 
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Having subsequently found out about TLB Mallorca and how good they are (seem to be at least as good Cheaney?) I'm now looking at a pair of their Oxfords too.

Anyone have any personal experiences with the TLB line to share?
 

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Make sure the last accomodates your feet. Most European brands go for the sleek aesthetic and run narrow, and don't offer E+ widths. If you have wide feet, I would stay away from European footwear and look at Allen Edmonds or Alden. Buying beautiful English-made oxfords that are a goddamn pain to wear will just be a waste of money.
 

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Hi everyone. I'm trying to decide between a selection of black oxfords I've shortlisted below. Does anyone have any input on which brands/models are likely to be a good bet? All of them look very similar to my eyes.

N.B. All come with a rubber sole, which is an essential feature for me. Apart from the Cheaney, all are around the £200-£300 mark.

Cheaney Lime
Loake Aldwych
Barker Mayfair
Barker Chigwell
Paul Sargent/Alfred Sargent Severn
Loake Knightsbridge
All of these brands are well-known for their quality, so you can't go wrong with any of them. However, here are some differences to consider:

  • Cheaney Lime: Great value for the price. Cheaney is a respected brand, and the Lime model is a classic choice.
  • Loake Aldwych: Loake is another well-established brand. The Aldwych model has a slightly more modern look compared to the others.
  • Barker Mayfair and Chigwell: Barker is known for their high-quality leather. The Mayfair has a more elegant look, while the Chigwell is a bit more rugged.
  • Paul Sargent/Alfred Sargent Severn: Paul Sargent is a sub-brand of Alfred Sargent, which is a very respected brand. The Severn model has a sleek, sophisticated look.
  • Loake Knightsbridge: Another great option from Loake. The Knightsbridge has a slightly more formal look compared to the Aldwych.
Since they all have rubber soles, that's one less thing to worry about! Considering the price range, I'd say you can't go wrong with any of these options. If I had to pick one, I'd suggest the Loake Aldwych or the Barker Mayfair. But ultimately, it comes down to your personal style and preferences.
 

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