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LOAKE APPRECIATION & SHOE P0RN THREAD

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

  1. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Pedants' corner. For waxing my 1880 Burgundy Strands, I find the Saphir Burgundy wax a much better match than Loake's own Burgundy. The Loake wax is a bit dark. Having said that, Loake must be happy with the colour of their wax or they wouldn't sell it!
     
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    Tomorrow, Friday, I plan to buy a pair of Buckinghams. I see them as the missing link between my Chesters and my Strands. Does anyone think this is a good idea, or not.
     
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    Does anyone else in the US sell this brand?
     
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    In a heartbeat, yes..go for it! They are great-looking shoes. What colour are you interested in?

    Am I right in presuming you mean the missing link is the closed laced oxfords to balance your derby Chesters?
     
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    I recently purchased some Buckinghams a few weeks ago. So still in the breaking in phase. All-round good shoes (typical Loake), although I do find the toe box a little firm when walking. But Im sure this will become more flexible with time and give me the usual years of good service which Ive come to expect from Loake .
     
  6. Munky

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    Thanks for your comments, guys. I am looking for the tan ones. I think what I mean't by the link between the Chester's and the Strand's is that the Chester's are rounded and completely brogued. The Strands are narrow and half brogued. My Strands are in burgundy. The Buckingham, although very similar to the Strand's and have the same, Oxford, lacing the broguing is quite different.

    Now, the small matter of convincing my wife...
     
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    A suitable letter from your doctor should do the trick.
     
  8. Munky

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    Suffice to say that I didn't get them, [​IMG]
     
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    I have a sad life and have read many of the reviews of Loake shoes on their site. A frequent comment is that the Made in India shoes have tougher leather than the UK made ones and take ages to break in. Are different leathers used in the two countries? I had imagined that Loake's outsource the production costs of shoes for economical reasons (which, in passing, raises some ethical questions). But is it more than about production costs but about leather quality too? Most of the Indian shoes are made of corrected grain leather but some are full grain. Or is this all about a sentimental attitude towards UK made shoes? Sincerely yours, Munky.
     
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    "Tougher leather" is probably just lower quality leather.

    There's an awful lot of variation in a hide and the more expensive cuts of leather would no doubt go to more expensive shoes.

    Here's a handy guide from Justin FitzPatrick, The Shoe Snob.

    http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2013/06/leather-quality-how-it-varies.html
     
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    $209 for Cannon monkstrap is a good deal, isn't it?
     
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    MSR
    BNIB?

    MSRP in the UK is £209 GBP so, yes, $209 for a pair BNIB looks like a good price to me.
     
  13. hoxuantu

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    Yep, it's brandnew in box. Gilt.com is running sale-off of Loake shoes.
     
  14. zarkov

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    If you're a UK6, then go for it (the only size left from what I could tell) :)
     
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    I have a pair of L1's toe cap and they are considerably firmer than my 1880's. To the extent I won't be buying the L1's again all else being equal. I'll be looking to pick them up in sales etc ahead of when needed.
     
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    He he, I picked the 6.5UK one before.
     
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  18. Munky

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    After some horse trading, I managed to persuade my wife to let me buy the Loake, brown, Buckinghams. They are beautiful! I use Saphir products mostly. What shade of cream and wax would anyone here use on these shoes? I don't really want to get into a big debate about shoe polishing! Just the shade of Saphir will do me!
     
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    Difficult to say without knowing the precise colour. But the photos of the brown shoes seem close to mahogany - medium brown anyway.

    If it is close to mahogany, then medium brown cream would probably work. You might consider a sparing application of burgundy occasionally if you wanted to give it the "red' that is often seen in mahogany.

    The dark brown seems close to the Aldwych and I have Saphir dark brown for those.
     
  20. Munky

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    Thanks for that, ajc.

    My journey into shoes and shoe care started a year or two ago when I came across the 'Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos etc' thread, on SF. I learned all about the different sorts of leathers, creams, waxes, welts and so on. I bought a pair of Loake's shoes and never really looked back (except of give some corrected grain shoes to the charity shop). Loakes 1880's are the most expensive shoes I can afford, although I do have some Herring shoes, too. I am sure you would enjoy the above, thread. DO, lurk for quite a long time before you sign in, though. There a really serious people on there, from shoe makers, to those who have bespoke shoes. It is very worthwhile to look at the pages of past postings on there. But..don't ask questions about things like cleaning shoes, what polishes and waxes to buy and so on. These sorts of questions tend to be treated very briskly! Have a look! Regards, Munky.

     

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