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LOAKE APPRECIATION & SHOE P0RN THREAD

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

  1. ajc2162

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    Goat, do you mean you want to topy them? If so, I'd say go for it. I know there are two opposing camps - but I've tried them without and found them scarily slippery. Find a good cobbler and you won't even notice them - they should last a long time and then you just replace them. Price is reasonable too (my guy charges AUD25 (around GBP13).

    Alternatively, Munky's suggestion of getting a Loake refurbishment is worth following up.
     
  3. Munky

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    I have been wearing Loake Mojave, suede shoes, on and off. They are very comfortable and I think they look good, too. They ain't my most expensive shoes, at around £99, but ideal as casual ones. Having just looked at various shoe sites, I see that many companies are offering these at a very considerable discount. Presumably because they aren't selling so well. A bargain for the buyer.

    These are also available in a desert boot style. Having read, somewhere, that suede (counter-intuitively) is good in the rain, I may well wear these through our winter, having given them a few layers of waterproofing spray and which does not change the colour at all. I don't think the cemented sole will be a particular problem. The 'welted' versus 'cemented' issue has been discussed on the internet, ad nauseam. The proof - either way - is probably in the wearing.
     
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    Maybe a stupid question but does the same last run the same size in a shoe and a boot? I have the Pimlico chukka, capital last size 10.5 which are just a touch too big but width wise perfect. I'm looking to get the strand also on the capital last and wonder if I should size down to a 10 or to keep the width and stay at 10.5. I think a half size too big an be carried better by a boot than a shoe, might be wrong though. Any views please ?
     
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    This is just my opinion, but I'd stick with 10.5 if I were you.
    I have the Strand in a 7 and recently got the Hyde boots on the same Capital last in a 7. The boots are roomier and I ended up putting insoles in them.
     
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    Many thanks, much appreciated.
     
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    I am probably going to buy another pair of Buckinghams, the tan ones. What are peoples' views on putting cream on new shoes and giving them an initial clean?
     
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    Hi, could someone please give me the outsole length and width measurements in cm of the Loake Hyde boot in a UK 7 or 7.5.......
    Thank you.
     
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    I can do that for you with a size 7 boot, but later this morning.
    Watch this space.
     
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    That would be great ....... cheers
     
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    Hyde boots.
    Size 7 F.

    Sole width at widest point - 11cm or 4 3/8".
    Sole length - 30cm or 11 3/4".
     
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    Thanks for that.......... so they appear to run a little large.
     
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    Maybe slightly.
    I also have Strands in a size 7 and think the Hyde boots are a bit larger. They fit better with insoles in them. This also helps with the thin sole though.
     
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    Quote:I find they dry with a whitish residue on them. Looking for a hard neutral polish myself. Currently wearing a pair of old pattern Loakes no longer available to buy. Must be 20 years old at least and still in good nick
     
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    Thanks for this, gents. I have also tended to use a very small amount of clear cream on new shoes. Now I have GlenKaren in neutral and will use that.

    I still have doubts about putting anything on new shoes. I used to rationalise this by thinking that shoes must be in dusty, working conditions for a lot of the time. Then I realised that the shoes are always given a final buffing before they leave the factory. I suppose my other reason for doing something, straight out of the box is to soften the leather a bit and stop them becoming creased, too quickly. Finally, it makes me feel better!
     
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    I seem to be on a roll lately. I was in my local Debenhams yesterday and spotted a pair of Grant from the Shoemaker range on discount. I needed a pair of black formal shoes for weddings/funerals etc, so I invested. I will only wear these about 4/5 times a year as I generally wear brown/tan/burgundy with casual and semi-formal clothes.

    I notice that the Grant no longer appears on the Loake site, so it must be dropped. Maybe that's why it was discounted. From the shoe I learned that it's made on the Legend last in F width. I wore them for a little while last night and am very pleased as I was with the 024 Chester.

    I'm delighted to be building up a wardrobe of splendid shoes again.


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    I don't know if I have mentioned this before. Two, 'natural' products that are good for very occasional conditioning of shoes: Dr Marten's Wonder Balsam and Renapur Balsam. Both are based on beeswax and neither contain turpentine. They soften the leather slightly and have a waterproofing effect. I use them alongside GlenKaren products. Have said that, I have only used Renapur once on various pairs of shoes. The second occasion hasn't come around yet. I have only used the Dr Marten's Wonder Balsam on my pair of Dr Marten's shoes ( I think these would be described as 'beaters' in the US...but very comfortable and weather proof). It is difficult to know how helpful the Wonder Balsam is, given that Dr Marten's are made of corrected grain and little gets through to the leather, below. My guess is that it works as well as Renapur. They are made of very similar ingredients.

    For my Loake's, I find Renapur the best thing since sliced bread. Only a very small amount needed, no need to brush off and seems to condition the leather very well. It leaves the shoes with a deep sheen.


    Yours Munky
     
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    That's good to know, Munky. The shipping costs are a stumbling block however. I checked their websites and Renapur is 10 pounds (approx AUD 20) but shipping is 13 pounds (approx AUD 24).

    Doc Marten's price is only 6 pounds (approx AUD 11) but shipping is 25 pounds (approx AUD 43).

    I'll have to see if they're available in Sydney. Thanks for letting us know; they sound good products.
     
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    http://stores.ebay.com.au/billygoat...37313017&_sid=192858857&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322
     

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