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LOAKE APPRECIATION THREAD

Mercurio

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Browsing the Loake Web page, I found some good news from the brand: they decided to sell and ship directly their products. Even though the only countries served at present are the USA and Canada, more will come shortly. I hope their factory outlet will be included.

I still can get their boots and shoes from some British and European retailers, but many of the new models aren't available. I look forward to shopping directly with Loake although this will mean that some of their traditional retailers are going to lose customers.


Recent update: I received an email from Loake with the good news that International shipping is now available in my country, not only the USA and Canada. I just checked and their prices are in my currency, with free shipping and all duties and taxes included at checkout.
 

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I'm not entirely sure that all the Loakeseconds offerings are seconds - a lot of discontinued models in there.

(Endless "Simon" brogues - perfect if you have a hankering for something stiffer than B3 climbing boots.)
 

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I was very excited to hear this news, until I checked the prices at the US store...
 

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Hi,

I am new to this forum and after watching many Youtube videos on cobblers and boots I acquired my first pair of Goodyear welted boots, Loake Sebergh.
I have worn them three times now and they do not feel comfortable yet as did all my Timberland shoes but I hope they will be broken in in a couple more days.
The thing I am really disappointed in though is the leather insole started to come off on the edges how can that be? I have tried to glue it down with wood glue, though I cannot accept that this is the way to go.
 

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Rimaarts

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Hi,

I am new to this forum and after watching many Youtube videos on cobblers and boots I acquired my first pair of Goodyear welted boots, Loake Sebergh.
I have worn them three times now and they do not feel comfortable yet as did all my Timberland shoes but I hope they will be broken in in a couple more days.
The thing I am really disappointed in though is the leather insole started to come off on the edges how can that be? I have tried to glue it down with wood glue, though I cannot accept that this is the way to go.
I have the same thing on my trickers... according to them, as long as it doesn't come off more than just a bit in the corners, it's fine!
 

Calanon

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I have worn them three times now and they do not feel comfortable yet as did all my Timberland shoes but I hope they will be broken in in a couple more days.
Loake leather is pretty stiff. Definitely takes some time.
 

JUAN MANUEL

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Hi,

I am new to this forum and after watching many Youtube videos on cobblers and boots I acquired my first pair of Goodyear welted boots, Loake Sebergh.
I have worn them three times now and they do not feel comfortable yet as did all my Timberland shoes but I hope they will be broken in in a couple more days.
The thing I am really disappointed in though is the leather insole started to come off on the edges how can that be? I have tried to glue it down with wood glue, though I cannot accept that this is the way to go.
Hello

My first pair of quality shoes where Loake. They are great shoes and the 1880 range has a very high quality/price ratio.

Eventually they won´t ever be as comfy as Timberlands but maybe is that we are used to trainers / sneakers not traditionally made shoes. And GYW need to be broken in. Maybe if you apply some dubbin of smething with beeswax will help.

In a couple of months you will compare them to your Timberlands and the Timberlands will look as if an elephant have stepped several times on them and your Loakes will be radiant.
 

Ukzajames

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Hi,

I am new to this forum and after watching many Youtube videos on cobblers and boots I acquired my first pair of Goodyear welted boots, Loake Sebergh.
I have worn them three times now and they do not feel comfortable yet as did all my Timberland shoes but I hope they will be broken in in a couple more days.
The thing I am really disappointed in though is the leather insole started to come off on the edges how can that be? I have tried to glue it down with wood glue, though I cannot accept that this is the way to go.
I'm looking at buying this same pair as a cheaper alternative to C&J Conistons. If you have any more pics of you wearing the shoe, please could you upload them? Also, any more info on how you're finding the shoe? Thanks!
 

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My aldwych after 2.5 years. Sold them last month for around 100$. Was an okey shoe, nothing spectacular but my first ever welted shoe. It was harder than I thought to let go :)

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My aldwych after 2.5 years. Sold them last month for around 100$. Was an okey shoe, nothing spectacular but my first ever welted shoe. It was harder than I thought to let go :)

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I did exactly the same, sold mine for a pair of C&J Connaught.

I did really enjoy the Aldwych and was also sad to see them go.

I don’t regret it though as the Connaught are a better shoe and more comfortable for me.

The Aldwych were a great shoe for the money though, would absolutely recommend them.
 

Reiver

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Hello

My first pair of quality shoes where Loake. They are great shoes and the 1880 range has a very high quality/price ratio.

Eventually they won´t ever be as comfy as Timberlands but maybe is that we are used to trainers / sneakers not traditionally made shoes. And GYW need to be broken in. Maybe if you apply some dubbin of smething with beeswax will help.

In a couple of months you will compare them to your Timberlands and the Timberlands will look as if an elephant have stepped several times on them and your Loakes will be radiant.
Agree, they should get better and better with more wear. That is assuming they fit you well.

My personal experience with Timberland was that they were initially very comfortable but after a while they became uncomfortable and caused pain under my heel. Not sure why this was, possibly something had broken down in structure of sole. I tried different insoles but no difference. Ended up giving them to my brother but he’s never worn them yet.

As for the heel sock peeling at edges, I have had this happen on a pair of Trickers. I got a cobbler to glue them back down and never had a problem since. Don’t think it’s a big problem. Wood glue is not the right choice though, need a flexible glue.
 

fred2306

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Hello,

Thank you for all your comments, find attached some more (poor) pictures of the boots.
I have been wearing them very regularly since I got them to break them in, they are already much more comfortable then they were at the beginning.
Breaking them in reminds me most of an old fashioned pair of work boots.
I like them quite well now because to me they work with any smart casual outfit.
Compared to my other shoes they are very slick inside and my feet do not get as sweaty as in most other pairs.
The sole is very stiff though, but I guess thst’s how it is when they are hard-wearing.
Concerning the heel sock, as I insert shoe trees after wearing them the problem did not exacerbate as it gets pinned down after use, I may bring them to a shoemaker anyway at some point.

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