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LOAKE APPRECIATION & SHOE P0RN THREAD

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

  1. techaview

    techaview Senior member

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    Does that means there is another separate piece for the tongue area? Can you elaborate more on why production in such way will be lower? thanks
     
  2. Odradek

    Odradek Senior member

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    I think the tongue is generally a separate piece anyway, but on the longwings, by having a seam on one side they don't have to have the long toe and wing piece all made from one piece of leather, and so can cut more smaller pieces from the one piece of hide.
     
  3. Mr Knightley

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    John Simons purveyor of the original Royals in the 1960s gave me a little comparative study of the original Royal (he still retains a few for posterity) and the current Loake Royal Brogue. The original was, he said far superior in nearly every way - quality of the leather, the finishing, colour, etc. What he could not forgive about the current Loake was that very thing - the seam on the instep. Bad enough on a £150 shoe but at this level.......
     
  4. techaview

    techaview Senior member

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    Any example of shoe that doesn't use another piece off seam for their in sole for the tongue area? I reckon those will come at a higher price tag because of the construction?
     
  5. Gbg brouge

    Gbg brouge Senior member

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    I share your view and had a similar experience with a pair of Barker shoes a few years ago. If you're looking for a nice longwing I can recommend the Herring Canning. Made by Cheaney with or without dainite soles. They are a joy to wear and the burnishing gives it a great look.
     
  6. Gbg brouge

    Gbg brouge Senior member

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    Sounds great, go get'em! [​IMG]
     
  7. Odradek

    Odradek Senior member

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    The Canning looks like a good, sturdy shoe, and Herring are great, but I wouldn't call it a longwing.
    For UK made longgwings, I like the look of Cheaney's own Victor shoe.
    http://cheaney.co.uk/classic/206/victor-brogue-in-burnished-chestnut-with-mahogany-grain

    http://cheaney.co.uk/classic/216/victor-brogue-in-burnished-chestnut-with-donegal-fabric

    Or the Belgrade, by Sanders.
    http://www.pediwear.co.uk/sanders/products/5869.php


    ....but now we're getting off the subject of Loake's.
     
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  8. rodneytrousers

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    Won the Kemptons. Should be here by Wednesday. Guess I'll find out if they're the right size or not. I did happen to notice my Clark's have a UK 10.5 size on them so the Kemptons should be good.
     
  9. Gbg brouge

    Gbg brouge Senior member

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    Point taken on the longwings, got a little carried away there [​IMG]
    I guess Loake has a standing dilemma when it comes to producing shoes at a reasonable cost versus the quality and finish.
     
  10. alexSF

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    ^That visible seams it's an annoying detail, although I handled the Loake Berkeley (the previous 1880 longwing) and it's really barely noticeable, when compared to other longwings with the same seam, such as Meermin Barker or others, where it's like a punch in the eye.
     
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  11. Matthew6tcy

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    Hi all! I am going to buy a pair of Loake 771, wanna ask about the quality or anythings about the shoes. Or willl you guys recommend me to buy?

    Sorry for bad English! Thanks all!
     
  12. Feryll

    Feryll Well-Known Member

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    Does anybody own the Loake Beaufort ? If yes could you upload a photo where you wear them ?
    There are no Loake stores in my country and I would appreciate some real life photos.
     
  13. Odradek

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    Strangely I can't find any photos of the Beaufort with Google image search.
    I remember the Loake shop in London had them on clearance late last year, selling for about £135 I think.

    Remember it's made on the Swing last, so is a generous fit.

    EDIT: Just saw that there are some Beauforts on sale from the Loake Factory Outlet ebay store, for £120.
    Limited sizes though.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Loake-188...57?pt=UK_Men_s_Shoes&var=&hash=item27dfe5f105
     
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  14. Feryll

    Feryll Well-Known Member

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    Yeah , that's why I asked. At that price it is a bargain but again this is not a classic design. More like a "contemporary experiment gone wrong so we clear the stocks". I am still considering buying them. It is not bad and the price is too good.
     
  15. Shoeproject

    Shoeproject Well-Known Member

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    Here's what my Loake Buckinghams look like after 2 years:

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  16. wurger

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    you have taken great care of them, they still going strong.
     
  17. Shoeproject

    Shoeproject Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I think polishing my shoes is a good way to relax the mind. And the result is satisfying as well.
     
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  18. Shoeproject

    Shoeproject Well-Known Member

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    Here's some pictures of my other Loake's:

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    Dorchester

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    Aldwych

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    Litchfield
     
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  19. Gbg brouge

    Gbg brouge Senior member

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    Update! The Downing is now available on this website

    http://www.careofcarl.com/sv/artiklar/loake-1880-downing-derby-brown-suede.html

    Don't know whether they ship internationally but it might be worth a try. [​IMG]
     
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  20. BrooksLauren77

    BrooksLauren77 Senior member

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    Very nice shoes ShoeProject, I especially like the Litchfield boot.
     

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