Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wurger, Jul 8, 2013.
Thanks, Alex, that's really helpful.
Does anybody have experience with the Swing last? Would it work with a low instep?
Does anyone have experience of Loake Donington shoes? They are slip ons and seem to be widely available but not to be found on the Loake site. I have problems with my legs and need really light shoes. Are these any good?
I need some advice on what type of shoe trees I need for my Loake Pimlicos UK 8F. I'm considering just purchasing the woodlore epics; even so, I'm not so sure about which size I should buy.
Happy Downing day folks!
nice ones .Now some new Loake royals from their Shoemakers range . These are solid comfortable and amazing shoe . Yes , I know , corrected grain , but beyond that their quality for the price is superb. . They fit better in the heel area than , for example , my Church's and C&J . There is something about these old lasts from loake which are great . Wearing these shoes I feel particularly well-shod . It's been a few years since I wore loakes and I must say the last one's I had on the capital last looked amazing but were a bit insubstantial , particularly in the sole which really felt a bit thin . Also the capital last didn't quite suit me . I think I will be making some more forays into the more traditional lines from Loake .[ATTACHMENT=9356]image.jpg (1,776k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT]
I tried a pair of Loake Royal brogues once but found them a bit narrow in the toe box for me. Sold them on, on bay, for twice what I'd paid for them.
I agree about he thin sole, as that's something I find with my pair of Strands.
No such thin sole issues with the AE MacNeils I'm wearing this morning.
My favourite Loakes are probably my Chester brogues. They are built like tanks and take a lot of wearing in. Worth it, though, when they are. For style and colour, though, I don't think you can beat burgundy Strands. An added advantage of the latter is that you can wear them with almost anything. Not sure what to buy next. Loakes are just about in my price range and my wife would leave me if I bought anything more expensive.
Just a heads up for Loake lovers, GentryNYC has the loake paisley single monk in mahogany calf and brown sued for something like 140 and 120 respectively. Not the 1880 line but still, 120$ for a goodyear welted, leather soled loake made in england is pretty cheap.
Munky , do you find the Chesters a bit large fitting ? The "country' last puts me off a bit as I like a snugger fit - but they look amazing .
Hello, Simar, yes the Chesters do seem to be a bit roomy. I have to wear arch supports in my shoes, so that took care of that. You might want to try an insole - although you should have to. Loakes say that these are an F fitting but the do seem to be more of a G. Great shoes, though!
Tried on Elland from the Shoemaker range in the city today ; what a solid nice shoe it is , well made and finished . Just a tad wide in its G fitting for me . But it reminded me of the first pair of Loake's I had over 20 years ago and which introduced me to the quality and comfort of GW shoes . I wore those to death : could have been the 747 I think . These are of course corrected grain , both Elland and 747 , but what the heck Church's and C& J have used this , and it stands up well .
The Elland look nice shoes, Simar! Note that they are 'G' fitting and - as you say - are a bit wider. If shoes feel wider in the shop, they probably are too wide when you wear them.
Thinking about it a bit more, would it be better to pay another £50 and get calf leather shoes from the 1880 collection?
Yes , I would pay more for calf , but for the 026 , 1639 and 3265 lasts , which are my favourites. . I had two pairs of kemptons , both lovely calf , on the 026 last which we're wonderful solid shoes , great quality for the price , but IMHO , there are some tricky lasts in the 1880 range , and one pair I had on the capital last felt a bit flimsy . I wish Loakes would up spec their shoemaker range to give calf as an option .
They do offer some calf leather shoes in their Shoemaker range. The "Tweed" and "Ayr" models are calf leather for instance.
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