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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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These are also on the Capital last - a slight chisel toe.

I am wearing these for the first full day today. I'm impressed. Honestly, I always thought of Loake with qualifiers in mind (ie. very good...for the price). At this early stage I'm thinking the qualifiers should be dropped.

These have the exact feel of my more-expensive C&J boots. Uncanny actually...if I was blindfolded, I'd guess I was wearing C&J boots. Heavy, substantial, English-feeling boots. The finishing is outstanding (I am not a cobbler, but I have a good few pairs of expensive boots, and these have nothing to apologize for).

I'm thrilled with these...and the sale price I paid was a flat-out steal.
 

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These are also on the Capital last - a slight chisel toe.

I am wearing these for the first full day today. I'm impressed. Honestly, I always thought of Loake with qualifiers in mind (ie. very good...for the price). At this early stage I'm thinking the qualifiers should be dropped.

These have the exact feel of my more-expensive C&J boots. Uncanny actually...if I was blindfolded, I'd guess I was wearing C&J boots. Heavy, substantial, English-feeling boots. The finishing is outstanding (I am not a cobbler, but I have a good few pairs of expensive boots, and these have nothing to apologize for).

I'm thrilled with these...and the sale price I paid was a flat-out steal.

Nice to hear you enjoy your boots. Please share pictures. Loake is a great brand.

Cheers
 

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I have a question about an old Loake line of shoes I'm struggling to find information about.

My friend has given me a pair of Loake shoes called Loake Business. The shoes are black with a Dainite rubber sole and the model is called 200BR. The only shoes I can find like these in the current Loake lineup are the Indian made 200. But the model I have has 'made in England' stamped on the inside. And the 200 models just have a generic rubber sole, not the Dainites.

I'm thinking these are maybe a legacy version of the current Loake Professional range, but I'm really not sure. Any ideas?
 

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I've bought a pair of Roehampton's a couple of months ago, and looking to buy some new Saphir polishes. Currently I only have neutral which is fine as these boots are still practically new.

Loving the quality, style and Victory soles of these boots, but the fit is a bit too roomy where the Loake Buckinghams (same size, same last) fit perfectly comfortable out of the box. The leather is still really hard/tough on these, so hope I just need to walk them in more.

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Would you recommend using a pigmented cream on this? And if so, would you go with either Mahogany or Hermés? I find the Burgundy too dark.
 

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I've bought a pair of Roehampton's a couple of months ago, and looking to buy some new Saphir polishes. Currently I only have neutral which is fine as these boots are still practically new.

Loving the quality, style and Victory soles of these boots, but the fit is a bit too roomy where the Loake Buckinghams (same size, same last) fit perfectly comfortable out of the box. The leather is still really hard/tough on these, so hope I just need to walk them in more.

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Would you recommend using a pigmented cream on this? And if so, would you go with either Mahogany or Hermés? I find the Burgundy too dark.

Personally, I only use conditioner and neutral polish on majority of my footwear. I like the patina look. Just my opinion.

Also, matching colours dead on, is nearly impossible.
 

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I have some of the Loake cedar/conker cream, which is also made by Saphir. It matches the lighter colours of your boots which I guess is oxblood.
If you find you need to restore some of the patina, the darker colours like burgundy help to enhance the pebble grain.
 

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Yeah, I think I already rubbed most of the factory patina off using Renovateur.

I'll stick to neutral for now. The pebble grain hides a lot anyway, and haven't needed pigment for my other shoes yet either. Neutral and black have been good enough in taking care of my shoe collection so far.
 

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Dear shoe enthusiats,

I am looking for a burgundy Oxford and found the Loake 1880 classic "Strand". Oh is the fit, tight or wide with a rather normal, low-volume or spacious last? How is the quality of the leather? hard or soft?

I do not own any Loake shoes yet.

Best regards

Pascal
 

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