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Black Oxford - Loake or Loding

Psmith

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First post after years of lurking...

I have a number of weddings to attend this year, and have decided that it is time to invest in a black toe cap oxford. I don't want to spend too much a) because I'd prefer to spend the money on brown shoes and b) with a baby on the way I'm saving for tiny C&Js!

At the moment, I've narrowed it down to the Herring Knightsbridge (Loake 1880 [http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...lectedFitID=0]) and the Loding Nevisa (http://www.loding.fr/en_16_shoes_ric...anoir_en.html). I quite liked their Regentry, but it's out of stock in my size, which may be just as well, as it's less of a classic staple. The Loding shape has, perhaps, a little more pizzazz - this matters to my wife who is prejudiced against plain toe cap oxfords because her father wears them!

The cost of getting the shoes is as close to identical as makes no matter. Now, I have done searches, and found a few discussions of Loding's quality. However, I was really hoping that some authoritative gent would be able to break the tie here.
Thoughts? Reflections?
Thanks!
 

Claus

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I have a pair of Knightsbridge and I like them very much. To me, the shape has a near perfect balance between Classic and Modern. It looks timeless without looking too conservative.

Unless you're from England, I'd speculate that your wife will see a difference to the Oxfords her father wears.

On the other hand, the Regentry from Loding is for too modern for me. If I understand you correctly, this was your first choice. Thus I think, you will be more happy with the Nevisa.

Loding was quite popular in the french shoe community, I was told, although now Markowski seems to be their first choice for small-budget shoes. Since they are quite critical about quality, Loading offers good value for the money, I'd say.

tl;dr Get the Nevisa.
 

Psmith

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Thanks for the thoughtful and helpful reply. As my father-in-law wears Clarks, I'd be very disappointed if a considerable difference was not apparent. I like a modern design, but for the job that this shoe is intended for, I decided in the end for the Knightsbridge. I'll save Loding for occasions where a little more joie d'esprit seems indicated.
 

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