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JUAN MANUEL

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Thanks that's helpful, I'm indeed looking at 1880 models such as bedale, burford or Anglesey. Is the leather quality good? Couldn't find where they source their leathers from
Hello

I have never had any issue (i.e. growth marks) with Loake's leather. I started my "shoe journey" with Loake at Herring's and I am very pleased.

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Hello, I'd like to give a try to Loake as I want to get typically British style boots and other brands are a bit too pricey for me.
My only experience in terms of Goodyear welted boots is with meermin so far, how would Loake 1880 compare?
Thanks in advance
If I may give my advice. If you have to go with Loake stay with the 1880 collection. However, for the same price range I would prefer SANDERS & SANDERS.

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Hello, people!

i'm looking for a versatile workhorse. My first serious shoe up to 200 Pounds. I wonder which one would You choose, since there's little info on Sanders&Sanders online.



Or, perhaps, something else?!

Thank You in advance.
 

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The 1880 range? What's the source on this? Last I heard 1880 and any range above is all made in England.
I would have preferred this not to have been the case. I am born and bred in Northamptonshire. We all used to have family and neighbours in the industry. When possible I like to buy from the factory outlets including Loake, Cheaney, and Barker. As far as I can tell, Cheaney and Sanders are stitched in their respective factories but I don't work in the industry myself.

Unless I have misinterpreted Mr Loake, it says so below. Cutting and stitching appear to be defined here as distinct from 'making' in the Q&A following this article:



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I would have preferred this not to have been the case. I am born and bred in Northamptonshire. We all used to have family and neighbours in the industry. When possible I like to buy from the factory outlets including Loake, Cheaney, and Barker.

Unless I have misinterpreted Mr Loake, it says so below. Cutting and stitching appear to be defined here as distinct from 'making' in the Q&A following this article:
Thanks for clarifying! Unfortunate side effect of when people cannot afford to or do not want to pay what it costs to have everything done locally. That, and declined demand in leather footwear.
 

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Thank you for the reply. I found these on sale in the US. Would you say USD 185 is a good price for an Oxford from the Loake 1880 collection? Pardon my ignorance.
 

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Thank you for the reply. I found these on sale in the US. Would you say USD 185 is a good price for an Oxford from the Loake 1880 collection? Pardon my ignorance.
They retail for £285 and they're worth it at that price. So yes - $185 is a massive saving.
 

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Thanks that's helpful, I'm indeed looking at 1880 models such as bedale, burford or Anglesey. Is the leather quality good? Couldn't find where they source their leathers from

Owned this Bedale for a few years now. Quality leather and stitching and soles. Solid boot. Very positive experience with it. Well worth what you pay for them.

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The 1880 boots seem very well made wherever they are stitched. A bit sneaky though. I seem to remember mention of particular 'Made in England, ' boots not being entirely as described from family way back in the 70s (not at Loakes).

I would be interested to know if Barkers are fully machined in Northamptonshire given that they are sold at a similar price point? I believe that NPS and Sanders manage it (although much smaller companies). Cheaneys seem to be pushing a little more up market towards Crocketts niche.

On the other hand John White's admit to selling their (non welted) shoes with their Northampton branding when all that remains locally for decades now is the office and distribution unit.
 

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At a local store today - scored this gorgeous pair of Roehamptons on seasonal clearance for $179 USD - MSRP is 290 pounds (Loake calls them oxblood, but in person they really do look more brown...either is fine by me). Loake says: "Our Roehampton boot is carefully made by hand in our Wood Street factory in England":

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Hello, people!

i'm looking for a versatile workhorse. My first serious shoe up to 200 Pounds. I wonder which one would You choose, since there's little info on Sanders&Sanders online.



Or, perhaps, something else?!

Thank You in advance.

I started my "shoe journey" with Loake 1800 LOake for Herrings and I am very happy with them (I own boots, brogues, oxfords). The Aldwych is an excellent shoe, is made in Capital last that works very well for my feet.
 

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