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Any comments on loake/cheaney shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GQgeek, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    i'm looking at a couple pairs of each on a uk website. Does anyone have any personal experience with either brand?
     
  2. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    I don't have the URL handy, but there are several threads in the archives on Loakes and some that mention Cheaney as well.

    dan
     
  3. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    FYI, you don't need to go to UK to buy Loake's. There's a store right here in DC, Wm. Fox, on G Street between 14th and 15th, that sells Loake shoes. It's a very small store; thus, I would assume there must be other stores in the US that sell Loake. The shoes look nice to my eye - similar to non-Masterpiece-level Grensons or mid-level Sargents. Personally, I'd suggest shelving everything right now and buy Grenson Masterpiece's for $150/pair at Bennie's at bennieshoes.com. Can't beat their deals. Some great deals on Grensons on EBay too.
     
  4. JohnMS

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    I've worn Cheaney shoes (the Spencer). Seems to be well made. The model I have is about on par with Allen Edmonds, but more stylish.
     
  5. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Ok thanks john, that's what i was looking for. My dad's going to england soon so i'm gonna have him pick me up a couple pairs from the avant garde collection.

    Kabert, truthfully I don't really like the grensons. I'm in my early 20s and most of them as just too traditional for daily wear imo. Cheaney has some sleek loafers in their new avant garde collection.
     
  6. Nuttifeetfirst

    Nuttifeetfirst New Member

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    Loake Shoes, by far the best buy, stylish, comfortable, hard wearing, and good after sales service.
    I am generally new to the shoe trade, however since becoming Loake's representative here in Portugal, have worn during my travels many models namely Badminton2, Harrow, Ayre, and Banks Boot plus a pair of Silverstone 2 for driving. I have found thes shoes extreemly comfortable and above all at the end of the day it is so pleasing for your feet not to be saying Iam tired.
    It is a known fact we are not all equal in size and shape and that some feet are larger in width therefore for people who have broad feet (no Matter if it is only one foot) buy shoes that fit with a little room for expansion when the foot becomes hot. Geerally speaking if the normal size of the shoe to be purchased is an F fitting and the foot feels tight in it buy a model that has a wider fitting as Loake produce various models in G and now also produce extrawide on other models.
    As with all good quality shoes it is an advantage to have many pairs as with this quality of shoe wearing should be alternate this allows the shoes to air and dry out ready for th next wear. And do use a good quality shoe cream/polish and apply after shoe has rested. This will perlong the shoe life and keep appearence as new.
     
  7. Eagle

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    I've a pair of Cheaney's Matisse model (made for Herring Shoes). I would agree the quality is on a par with AE's but, considering the purchase price, shipping costs and import fees, it would be difficult to consider them to have been a bargain. Overall I guess I am [​IMG] with the shoes!
     
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    academe Senior member

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    I have pair of a Loakes and quite like them - the nearest US equivalent in terms of quality and refinement would be AE. They're certainly near the lower end of spectrum with respect to English made shoes, but you get what you pay for. I think of them as my workhorses...
     
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    Schnurretiger Senior member

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    I've got the Loake Burford and really like them. Nice, soft leather, pretty tough leather soles, only the holes for laces are not so good: they destroy the shoe laces pretty fast, so you need to get some new laces every couple of months (but maybe that's just me....)
     
  10. whiteslashasian

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    I have a pair of Cheaney Half Brogues which I'm very happy with. Quality seems to be on par with AE but time will tell.
     
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    I wear a pair of Loakes daily and find them to be hard-wearing and very comfortable over long long periods, but that's because the last is very good for my feet. Also, have a pair of Cheaney Newmans, in the Signature range. Again , very nice, comfortable shoes. Seems a fairly safe bet with either of the makers..
     
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    Kabert, truthfully I don't really like the grensons. I'm in my early 20s and most of them as just too traditional for daily wear imo. Cheaney has some sleek loafers in their new avant garde collection.

    Have you looked at Genson's Rushden line? I think this is their line of shoes aimed more at younger customers. Most of them are made on a longer, sleeker last, with less traditional details (i.e. smaller or different brogueing, etc.). I've had my eye on the Jeeves (in cognac) and the Noble (in burnt pine or tan) but haven't pulled the trigger because I'm worried they might be TOO long and sleek for my tastes. For reference I'm 23.

    Any opinions out there on the Rushdens?
     
  13. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My only experience with the Loakes is the rebranded Tyrwhitts. The ones I've tried were supposedly from Loake's top line. I sold off my calf pairs, finding the leather lacking, and would consider only the suede in the future.
     
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    FYI, you don't need to go to UK to buy Loake's. There's a store right here in DC, Wm. Fox, on G Street between 14th and 15th, that sells Loake shoes. It's a very small store; thus, I would assume there must be other stores in the US that sell Loake. The shoes look nice to my eye - similar to non-Masterpiece-level Grensons or mid-level Sargents. Personally, I'd suggest shelving everything right now and buy Grenson Masterpiece's for $150/pair at Bennie's at bennieshoes.com. Can't beat their deals. Some great deals on Grensons on EBay too.

    Just an FYI for everyone - it's www.benniesshoes.com. The link above takes you to some shopzilla site.
     
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    I'd stay clear of the Loake standard range and go with their 1880 range only. I find them good, decent shoes for the price.
     
  16. Shamatt

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    I own two pairs of Loakes (1880) and two pairs of Cheaney's. The Cheaney's are the better made, more stylish shoe in my opinion, but which one is the better deal will depend on the prices you are looking at
     
  17. AnGeLiCbOrIs

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    A few pairs of Cheaney for Cole Haan (current models) have passed through my hands over the last year. The finish is a bit rough but I think that's kinda cool. I like the shape and construction. I don't think they are worth the $450 that CH asks but they are more appealing to me than many Allen Edmonds. These are Cheaney and a good deal IMHO. [​IMG]
     
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    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    These Cheaneys for Cole Haan are on sale at Bluefly for $215. Darn nice shoes, if I may say so myself.
     
  19. rdawson808

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    Thought I'd bump this to add a Loake question:

    Any thoughts on the difference between their Shoemaker Main and Shoemaker Comfort? There's a pair of brogue monks that look almost the same (slightly different broguing) in each. If I buy them, I'm tempted to go for the slightly more expensive Comfort version.

    thanks,
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  20. Wes Bourne

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    My only experience with the Loakes is the rebranded Tyrwhitts. The ones I've tried were supposedly from Loake's top line. I sold off my calf pairs, finding the leather lacking, and would consider only the suede in the future.

    I'd stay clear of the Loake standard range and go with their 1880 range only. I find them good, decent shoes for the price.

    My only pair are 1880 range seconds from Herring Shoes. Not impressed with leather quality, fit or construction. Had pretty much sworn off Loakes until I saw their new Strand:

    [​IMG]

    I'm a sucker for Adelaides and I believe these are on a new last. Might have to give Loake another try, they're available from Pediwear for a pretty good price. Hopefully, another member will take the plunge and report back!
     

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