AE Strand v Loake Knightsbridge

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  1. poissa

    poissa Senior member

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    I destroyed my last pair of strands and am considering replacing AE Strands with Loake Knightsbridge. This is for biz casual / weekend wear. Just wondering first and foremost what I should choose for quality and secondly what peoples opinions are of the two.


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  2. ckadds

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    Go with the Strand, they'll look better with casual weekend wear
     


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    Personally, I like the styling of the Strand much better. I just got my first pair in Walnut, just like the ones pictured, love them already!
     


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    It's difficult for me to vote against the Strand as it is one of my favorite pair. The color is outstanding. I'm nowhere near as familiar with Loake quality as I am with AE. The Loakes look pretty sweet, though. I suppose it would be left up to fit and whether or not you'd want a cap toe or not.
     


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    I am not a fan of baroqued shoes, but I would agree that Strand is the better looking pair.
     


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    Loake Strand!

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    (in burnished brown not ...whatever that colour is)
     


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    Get these Grensons. They look much sleeker in real life. I have these and the AE PAs which are on the same last as the Strand. [​IMG] Otherwise, go for the Strand.
     


  8. poissa

    poissa Senior member

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    Get these Grensons. They look much sleeker in real life. I have these and the AE PAs which are on the same last as the Strand.

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    Otherwise, go for the Strand.


    Which model Grensons are these? How do they compare to AE in terms of quality?
     


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    Which model Grensons are these? How do they compare to AE in terms of quality?

    These: http://www.pediwear.co.uk/grenson/products/1477.php

    The quality is much-much better. The stitching is cleaner and finer than AE, the finish is better and the color and shine is deeper and more beautiful. The price is slightly higher, though. I'd definitely recommend the Grensons over the original two.
     


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  11. acecow

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    Are these (http://cgi.ebay.ca/Grenson-Mens-Smar...b#ht_500wt_995) of the same quality as the ones you mention?

    I have little time to do research right now as I'm stuck at work. Quick response though. If you look at the Grenson website, they have different collections, Rose being the best quality. If the shoes you mention are from the Rose or Masterpiece (renamed to Stuart's choice now) collections then they are of the same quality. You could probably ask the seller too.
     


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