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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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    sorry i overlook this and the link on my iphone mail is not working. duno y...

    let me tried to upload some photo here...with different lighting scenario. You can judge by yourself. And sorry I think I've worn them once with my chinos but never taken any picture. Have not wear them with denim yet...

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    Polished with saphir rejuventor and saphir burgundy creme

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  2. BrooksLauren77

    BrooksLauren77 Distinguished Member

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    Nice! Last picture looks the closet to what I see on the Loake website.
     


  3. inno

    inno Well-Known Member

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    No problem at all; thanks for sharing the pics. They're really nice shoes.

    I asked only because I thought I saw a post from you (way back in this thread) that mentioned wearing them with jeans.
     


  4. Munky

    Munky Distinguished Member

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    This is a rather odd question and the answer to it may be obvious. Loake's Buckingham and their Strands are both made on the Capital last. Does this mean that they are exact the same, in terms of shape? If I stood a Buckingham and a Strand, would the only difference be the broguing and colouring?

    I want to buy another pair of Loakes but I don't particularly want two, very similar, pairs.
     


  5. wurger

    wurger Distinguished Member

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    well, the pattern on the shoe affects the look of the shoe a lot more than the shape/last of the shoe.
     


  6. Munky

    Munky Distinguished Member

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    But if it the patterning was taken away, would the two shoes be the same in terms of size, shape and so on? Is the fit going to be the same for both types of shoe? I'm not talking about the look of the shoe but the fit of them. Does a last always churn out identical shoes, whatever the finish?
     


  7. wurger

    wurger Distinguished Member

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    well, yes, that is what a last is for. Generally if you are buying different shoes in the same last, obviously get the same size.

    but the different materials, and different stitches, and how the shoes are made, will make the new shoes feel different, but should feel similar after breaking in.
     


  8. Roger la Rock

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    For the same last the overall size, shape and fit will be similar, but with different patterns you may get differences in the fit around the instep, especially with different styles of fastening.

    The advantage of course is if you know a last fits well, you can be confident about ordering a different style in the same last.

    As Wurger said, the pattern and colour are going to make a bigger difference to the look of the shoe. Even in the same shape, an Adelaide and a wingtip are still going to look quite different.

    Even though you know the shape is the same, it can appear different with different patterns. For example, I have the Hyde boot and Cannon monk; the Hyde looks more chiseled, whereas the Cannon looks more rounded. Hard to say whether the optical illusion is caused by the punch cap or the wider welt on the boots.
     


  9. Munky

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    Thank you, both, for your interesting and useful replies. I take your point about the details making a difference.
     


  10. AaronC

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    Greeting fellow Loake users, I was wondering if any of you are using Saphir polishes for your tan shoes? I have a pair of tan Buckinghams and was wondering which colour Saphir polish best matches the colour of my Buckinghams. Thanks in advance!
     


  11. Munky

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    Hello Aaron. I have used light brown Saphir cream and wax polish. At the present, I am using Loake's own cream and wax because they exactly match the tan colour of their shoes. If you read the last 20 or so pages of this thread, you will find there is controversy over this use of 'shoe company polish'. Do note, though, that the Saphir light brown is not an exact match with Loake shoes. If you put an open tin of Loake wax next to one of Saphir you will see a distinct difference. Whatever you use, remember to use it very sparingly and don't use it too often.
     


  12. classics

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    Greetings Gentlemen,

    Have worn a pair of wonderful Loake Embankment (size UK8.5/ Last 025) for a few days and found out that this pair of Loake has a snug (more of a tight) fit for my toes, although it is not Uncomfortable.

    The next on the list is the Loake Aldwych shoe. Loake's official last description says to go for a half size down when going from 025 last to capital last. My feet are more on a broad side with a high instep.

    Can you guide me if the UK 8 or UK 8.5 would be a good fit when buying Loake Aldwych?

    Thanks!
     
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    Thank you very much for the reply. Is the light brown slightly darker or lighter than the tan?
     


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    The Saphir cream and wax are both slightly darker than Loake's own.
     


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    Hey guys,
    I really need your help now.
    I need to decide between half a size with these Loake Strand shoes.
    The biggest problem is that the toes of my left foot are much wider than on the right.

    Size 8,5: they were more comfortable at the beginning, but just a little bit too lose at the heel and more "air" between feet and leather at the top. I don't slip out but I notice it a bit when I walk.

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    Size 8: very tight, good fit on the right but on the left the toes are pushed together and it pushes hard on my pinky toe. On the other hand the heels are basically perfect, the don't hurt and there's no slipping out of the heel.

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    It's evening now, so I walked (in different shoes) around a bit.
    What I need to consider: breaking them in (size 8) and possible less tightness at the toes vs. comfortable now (size 8,5) but might be too lose, especially if it loosens even more with time.
    What do you think? (also considering getting older and wearing them for many years).
    I could really need your feedback, thanks!
     


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