Much as I love Loake shoes, I have found that they often have minor quality issues. My Chesters have a slight stitching problem at the toe end of one of the shoes. Nothing awful but noticeable to me. My Strands and Buckinghams are a bit unevenly coloured. I know these are burnished shoes but the burnishing of both shoes needs to be very similar. By way of contrast, my Herring, Chaucer IIs have no such problems and they are wholecuts. I am probably being far too picky and none of this detracts from my enjoyment of them. [Although I suppose it must do, a bit, given that I am moved to write this message!] The problem with being a shoe freak, at least for me, is that shoes get put under the microscope. Yours, Munky.