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vim147

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Just bought these off eBay for £40 inc delivery. Loake Buckingham SZ 7.5
Looks like excellent condition apart from the creases in the vamps. Can that be fixed ?

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Seems like person who sold it to you has never used shoe trees. I couldn't tell you whether this can be fixed because i always used shoe trees. But i'll just go ahead and say no.
 

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Just bought these off eBay for £40 inc delivery. Loake Buckingham SZ 7.5
Looks like excellent condition apart from the creases in the vamps. Can that be fixed ?

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The creases don’t look too bad to me.

You can soak the shoe completely immersed in water for about 10 minutes and then leave them to dry with shoe trees inserted. This works as I have tested it before.

I took the shoe trees out after a couple of days to help dry the inside of the shoe.
 

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Just bought these off eBay for £40 inc delivery. Loake Buckingham SZ 7.5
Looks like excellent condition apart from the creases in the vamps. Can that be fixed ?
I think that inserting shoe trees, and applying leather conditioner and polish will undo most of the creasing.
 

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I think that inserting shoe trees, and applying leather conditioner and polish will undo most of the creasing.
I agree with this: shoe trees and a bit of love and attention should bring these back to life. I have to say , though, that - as secondhand (foot?) shoes, I can't see much wrong with them at all. There is bound to be some creasing across the vamp. I would just call it Patina! I certainly wouldn't do anything radical too them. Consider using Renovateur but please stay away from Renomt, given the generally good condition that these are in. I would suggest that you give them a good brushing, use a small amount of renovateur and brush, use some black cream and some black polish. Small amounts of all of them. Brush, again and perhaps finish with a microfibre cloth.

When your feet are out of the shoes, put shoe trees into them. Also (if you can) rotate the wearing of them with another pair/pairs.

The only other point I would make is that many people on the net suggest that buying pre owned shoes isn't a good plan. Two reasons are often cited: 1) the shes are already moulded into the shape of someone else's feet and that this can cause problems with your own feet and 2) the hygiene issue. With all good wishes, Munky
 

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Gents, speaking of used, I bought a nice looking pair of Loake cap toes. I understand these are style 724B and are on last 1639.

a) Does this style have a name, or simply the 724B?
b) The Loake last guide indicates that 1639 is an "F" width, but does the "_5" here indicate this one is an "E" width?
c) Any idea on the age of this pair?

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Loake fans, I found another fantastic pair of Loake brogues, style 9077 on the 59 last. These have quite a bit of dark polish on them that really gives them a relaxed, vintage feel and highlights the grain of the leather which I think may be elk. Does anybody know what years this sock liner was used? Did it start in 1980 on the centenary of incorporation?
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Just bought these off eBay for £40 inc delivery. Loake Buckingham SZ 7.5
Looks like excellent condition apart from the creases in the vamps. Can that be fixed ?

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I would just put shoe trees on them and condition the leather. Creases doesn’t look bad at all. J Fitzpatrick has a video on how to take them out but at the nod when you start wearing them, they will crease again. So, I don’t think they look bad.
 

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Has anyone used Saphir Renovateur cream on a pair of Loake Hydes? I've read that it's a no-no on burnished calf.
 

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I'm having issues with a pair of Loake Badmintons from the 1880 line, and I'd be grateful for the insight of any Loake aficionados.

There's a very hard protrusion in the heel area of the foot bed. I didn't see this when I bought them, but as the foam heel pad wore down, it became very uncomfortable. I took them to a local cobbler, who thought that the shank may have been installed upside down by mistake.

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I contacted the store and sent them back to Loake for repair, but when I received them, the issue was still present. The store then asked Loake to send me a new pair. I just received them yesterday and they have the same issue! I'm beginning to think this is just how they're made.

Does anyone have experience with this issue? Or is it just a quirk of Loake's style?
 

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I can confirm several of my loakes have this same appearance to the insole. I haven't found it to cause any problems with comfort and it only seems to be present in the heel section. I have found the heel insole section to be thinner in loakes than many of my other shoes. In one pair in which the heel insole section wore out I replaced it with a standard "timpsons" heel section insole and you can no longer see any unusual contour.
 

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