Loake Shoes

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  1. jbuffone

    jbuffone Well-Known Member

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    Do the commonly mentioned (herring, plal, pediwear) online retailers only sell seconds?
     


  2. Smudge

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    Do the commonly mentioned (herring, plal, pediwear) online retailers only sell seconds?
    Not at all. Besides I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised as to what constitutes a "second" at Herring - ie honestly nothing much wrong with them. Over the years I have bought two pairs of full price and two pairs of seconds from Herring, after a few wears they are all but indistinguishable. Four/Five years later they are all going very strong and as part of my regular rotation have aged really nicely, especially the brown ones. I'd give Herrings Seconds a hearty [​IMG] I don't have any personal experience of pLal or pediwear but both seem highly regarded on this forum for selling quality shoes.
     


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    What do people think of the Shoemaker line of Loakes? These use corrected grain leather, but they are Goodyear welted. Is it worth the ~$180 they cost, or is your money better spent by putting another $200+ to AEs, Aldens, etc.?


    The difference in price between Loake 1880 and shoemaker isn't that much. The quality difference is.

    I have two old pair of shoes that I bought at Charles Tyrwhitt five years ago that I seem to remember where made by Loake. Maybe someone on this board can confirm?

    /BB


    Most but not all of the CT shoes were/are Loake, but they've also used Barker (and possibly others).
     


  4. JohnnyCrockett

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    Do the commonly mentioned (herring, plal, pediwear) online retailers only sell seconds?

    I have a pair of C&J boots from P.Lal and they are perfect firsts.

    I have a pair of C&J oxfords from Pediwear and the lace holes don't quite match up. I kept them though, since shipping them back would have been tres cher.

    I have heard nothing but great things about Herring and have spoken with the proprietor on the phone.

    Take from this what you will.
     


  5. Sander

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    Not at all. Besides I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised as to what constitutes a "second" at Herring - ie honestly nothing much wrong with them.

    Over the years I have bought two pairs of full price and two pairs of seconds from Herring, after a few wears they are all but indistinguishable. Four/Five years later they are all going very strong and as part of my regular rotation have aged really nicely, especially the brown ones. I'd give Herrings Seconds a hearty [​IMG]


    FWIW I've had a lot of trouble with a pair of seconds; something just isn't right with the way the leather was handled. It takes on colour from polish or wax much more than it should; also, the leather looks like crap in some places. I also have a pair of suede seconds; no problems.
     


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    I bought a pair of Barkers eons ago from Herrings egged on by encouragement from posts saying that seconds are not very noticeable and would not affect the integrity of the shoe. 1 year into wearing it, twice weekly, the "dent" on the side of the shoe became a hole.

    I would not buy another seconds from Herring but sale prices and discontinued offers are still decent buys. I think Herrings could do well to point out where the fault(s) are when they list a pair of seconds.

    On the topic, I think any one of the Loakes 1880s will be a very serviceable pair for a person with a smaller budget or just starting out work. They still look much better than 90% of all shoes that people are wearing these days.
     


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    @ ajdel: I don't think so. The suede semi-brogues look like these to me: http://herringshoes.co.uk/product-in...ID=2&seconds=0
    And that's just "Loake shoemakers" quality.
    I once sent CT a mail, asking about the level of quality their shoes were produced. I never got a reply -> go figure.
     


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    Check out the Trickers shoes on Sierra Trading Post or the clearance Peal & Co. shoes on Brooks Brothers. Either will be better, and with the proper discount/cupons, you will come in at a good price.

    I have two old pair of shoes that I bought at Charles Tyrwhitt five years ago that I seem to remember where made by Loake. Maybe someone on this board can confirm?

    They are still in my rotation after five years and I have no complaints whatsoever about the quality. I have had them resoled a couple of times but besides that they have worked like a charm.

    /BB


    Most CT shoes are made "overseas" [​IMG] and only the calfskin ones are still made by Loake (I take it) in England ... and are overpriced. (The prices have gone up a lot the past couple of years.)
     


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    @ ajdel: I don't think so. The suede semi-brogues look like these to me: http://herringshoes.co.uk/product-in...ID=2&seconds=0
    And that's just "Loake shoemakers" quality.
    I once sent CT a mail, asking about the level of quality their shoes were produced. I never got a reply -> go figure.


    The all-rubber heel with the "V" pattern is usually a dead giveaway for Loake L1 shoes. I would note that the L1 series has a suede model, which is similar:

    http://www.loake.co.uk/Shop/Products...&ProductID=202

    Loake 1880 almost always have a combination rubber/leather heel.

    I suspect the CT offering is a slightly up-spec'ed version.
     


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    Most but not all of the CT shoes were/are Loake, but they've also used Barker (and possibly others).
    Most CT shoes are made "overseas" [​IMG] and only the calfskin ones are still made by Loake (I take it) in England ... and are overpriced. (The prices have gone up a lot the past couple of years.)

    Thanks for the info.

    (The prices have gone up a lot the past couple of years.)

    Well, I am not really sure about that. If I remember correctly I paid roughly GBP£ 275 per pair five years ago.

    I dont mind the small price inflation since in ther same period the Sterling has lost almost 30% against the Euro. I work in London one or two days a week but get paid in Euro.

    /BB
     


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    i have the knightsbridge from loake's 1880 range and enjoy them
     


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    i have the knightsbridge from loake's 1880 range and enjoy them

    jimmmy c or anyone else-

    Can you comment on the fit of the Knightsbridge? Looking to order a pair but haven't been able to discern how the new "Capital" last fits as I've heard it may be quite different from Loake's other lasts. Thanks!
     


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    @ ajdel: I don't think so. The suede semi-brogues look like these to me: http://herringshoes.co.uk/product-in...ID=2&seconds=0
    And that's just "Loake shoemakers" quality.
    I once sent CT a mail, asking about the level of quality their shoes were produced. I never got a reply -> go figure.


    Most CT shoes are made "overseas" [​IMG] and only the calfskin ones are still made by Loake (I take it) in England ... and are overpriced. (The prices have gone up a lot the past couple of years.)

    The all-rubber heel with the "V" pattern is usually a dead giveaway for Loake L1 shoes. I would note that the L1 series has a suede model, which is similar:


    Thanks for your replies. Until I read them I thought the sale at CT was a very good deal ..

    Wondering what are your thoughts on the Loake Strand. I am considering the brown one. If any members have any pictures of the Loake that would be great. The 4th image is of the color that I like though I am not sure how it looks in real life.
     


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    Very nice shoe ^^^
     


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