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LOAKE APPRECIATION & SHOE P0RN THREAD

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wurger, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    From wiki

    "Royal warrants of appointment have been issued for centuries to those who supply goods or services to a royal court or certain royal personages. The warrant enables the supplier to advertise the fact that they supply to the royal family, so lending prestige to the supplier. In the United Kingdom, grants are currently made by three members of the British Royal Family to companies or tradesmen who supply goods and services to individuals in the family.

    Suppliers continue to charge for their goods and services – a warrant does not imply that they provide goods and services free of charge. The warrant is typically advertised on company hoardings, letter-heads and products by displaying the coat of arms or the heraldic badge of the royal personage as appropriate. Underneath the coat of arms will usually appear the phrase "By Appointment to..." followed by the title and name of the royal customer, and then what goods are provided. No other details of what is supplied may be given."

    Loake Bros has:

    Manufacturer of Men's Footwear
    HM The Queen - Master of the Household

    Granted in 2007

    pretty much is for the royal officials and the supporting staff, not the Queen herself, nor the Duke or Prince of Wales.

    While people may choose to hit out on Loake having the Royal Warrant for servant shoes; these official and staff have jobs just as honourably as any other employee can be, and their attire reflects on the British Sovereign.

    This also reflects correct on Loake's place in the market, solid entry level shoes, a lot of classic and contemporary styles, well-made and affordable. From SF point of view, hopefully these are the first quality shoes some of us get and then we move onto higher level makers down the track.
     
  2. Balfour

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    Royal Warrants can be confusing. As mentioned above it doesn't necessarily imply that the product is used personally (although this can be so, e.g. Davies and Sons as military tailors to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh).

    Loake 1880s are perfectly acceptable, well-made calf leather shoes (retail price c. £200). Not at the level of C&J for sure (almost twice as much), but good value. The thing I would stress about Loake is that they have a very wide range, with lots of basic corrected grain models (c. £100) which I doubt would be to the forvm's taste (although would be an improvement on what many people actually wear because of the traditional styling).

    Stick with 1880s or possibly "Evolution" (which despite the name still offers calf in traditional styles - the trendy Loake range is "Design Loake").
     
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  3. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Well said, stick to Made in England and full grain calfs.
     
  4. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    I love my black dress shoes, the only Loake black cap I have right now is the Ayr on 026 G last. So it has the most room in the toe box, but the insteps are feel similar to other English shoes I have.

    From Left to right, Loake Ayr, Allen Edmonds Park Avenue, Tricker's Regent, Alfred Sargent Moore and Alfred Sargent Armfield.

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  5. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    marcodalondra, thank you for sharing your photos, nice range of Loakes you have! :happy:
     
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    V too wide . I think you will need to go up one or two width size.
     
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  7. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Unfortunately, Loakes come in one width, however, I don't think width can help too much with his high instep. My Loake Shoemaker Comfort Tweed is G fitting, but the gap is still present as my other F fitting shoes. I will post photoes when I wear that pair tomorrow.
     
  8. marcodalondra

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    I have probably the largest "neck" (I believe in English is called outer arch) out there, but the rest of my foot is quite slim. A wider fitting shoes will be to large in the heel and plant (mounds), making my foot dance in it, and sizing up will make me unconfortable as for too much room in the toes box . I actually like this Duke last (e fitting) better then my other 1880 shoes (f fitting) as it hugs my heel and plant better.

    Bespoke is my only option really but currently I am spending my spare cash in other areas. Will surely invest in some in the future, most probably Italian Made.

    EDIT: Also the main reason why I do not buy more expensive RTW shoes, have tried them all, same probelm with my outer arch...
     
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  9. sonvolt10

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    I'll be ordering a pair of the Loake Aldwych thanks to the pediwear promotion mentioned in this thread.

    I usually wear a 10.5 medium width, US. I've been advised to order the Aldwych in 10 UK. Does this sound right?

    Thanks
     
  10. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Is that your AE size? You usually size down half, like i wear US 7E, and UK 6.5F, I recommend double check with Pediwear with your foot measurement still.
     
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    Loake has a cheaper line made in India. The ones made in England seems to be top notch. When it comes to the "design Loake" line, they do not use cork in them, but "silicone" or something similar, and therefore feel like they have softer insoles. They are goodwelt though.
     
  12. wurger

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    Narrow width and high instep, that is an unlucky combination if you want to wear close lacing shoes. However, if the rest of the shoe feels right, then they are good and your pants will cover the gap most of the times.
     
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    Fair enough. I think if you wear derby rather than oxford then it won’t be noticeable.
     
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    this! The front of the trousers covers the top area of the laces where the gap is wider when I am standing or walking, and it looks fine.
     
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    Great looking line up wurger.. Didn't realise your Moore was black!



    Very glad to see the Knightsbridge. My very first foray into the world of English shoes and still my best fitting pair. You must a very high instep marcodalondra[FONT=Helvetica, Arial, clean, sans-serif]. I find the Loake heel is quite 'hard' and produces quite a distinctive loud and solid sound when walking. Anyone have the same feeling?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Helvetica, Arial, clean, sans-serif]I presume a local cobbler would be able to replace the heel rubber quite easily? It appears to be notched into a second layer.[/FONT]
     
  16. wurger

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    Yes, I tend to buy black shoes first, then slowly add browns later.

    However, I am getting a pair of black Aldwych and burgundy Strand form Pediwear, the Strand is like the Moore with a medallion toe cap.
     
  17. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    You can get a cobbler to replace the heels with a softer rubber easily, not a problem
     
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  18. Yowzer

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    Enjoy the 15% permanent discount for Loakes from Pediwear! Going to need a new shoe storage area at this rate..

    Edit: I find the Capital last has a very nice shape to it, with its slight chisel toe. Perfect for wide feet too. If they were to make the waist narrower like the AS, then it would be perfect.
     
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  19. wurger

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    Loake Shoemaker Collection Tweed Tan in action

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  20. wurger

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    that is why we pay the double the price for AS, haha.
     

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