Loding Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by macaroni, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. NotoriousMarquis

    NotoriousMarquis Senior member

    Messages:
    885
    Likes Received:
    25
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Location:
    New York/Chicago
    I just got my first pair of Loding shoes.

    They're a sleek shoe and that's sure. The welt is good and the leather is well chosen. I dont think they'll last forever, but they were relatively inexpensive and they are well made, and I see them surviving a few years if I take good care of them.

    Roughly the same quality as allen edmonds.
     


  2. martinsth

    martinsth Active Member

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2007
    How do the Loding shoes measure up quality wise with Loake shoes, which are roughly in the same price range?
     


  3. polarcreamsoda

    polarcreamsoda Senior member

    Messages:
    216
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Location:
    BOSTON
    sorry to bring up an old thread but there are still many unanswered questions about loding shoes.

    how do they compare to allen edmonds? are they worth the 150 euros they sell for?
     


  4. Srynerson

    Srynerson Senior member

    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Good quality for the price (approx. 150 euros), but with some caveats - very stiff leather, very painfull to break in!

    I bought a pair about 6 years ago and I'll say +1 for the stiff leather (I probably had to wear my pair a dozen times or so before it started to soften), but they've been holding up nicely.
     


  5. Srynerson

    Srynerson Senior member

    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    sorry to bring up an old thread but there are still many unanswered questions about loding shoes.

    how do they compare to allen edmonds? are they worth the 150 euros they sell for?


    You can definitely get some sleeker styles with Loding than AE, but I think the quality of the leather on the one pair I got was definitely inferior to the quality on my AE pairs. I'll also note that I bought my pair of Lodings when the euro was trading much closer to the dollar, so the price differential was greater.
     


  6. Stavros

    Stavros Senior member

    Messages:
    481
    Likes Received:
    21
    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    sorry to bring up an old thread but there are still many unanswered questions about loding shoes.

    how do they compare to allen edmonds? are they worth the 150 euros they sell for?


    I got a pair of Loding shoes during my last trip to Paris (last month). It is this pair:

    http://www.loding.fr/fr_26_chaussure...oncegomme.html

    Pros: last shape very pleasing to the eye, good balance, clean lines, sleek but sturdy at the same time; discreet antiquing, very well done; full grain leather that looks to be decent quality; leather gets a great shine with polishing; decent construction--would easily put them in par with Allen Edmonds; decent price point (150 euros)

    Cons: not a big fan of the rubber soles they use (would prefer dainite)

    I noticed that several of their models run big, i.e. I had to size down by 1/2.
     


  7. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

    Messages:
    2,007
    Likes Received:
    87
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Was in France this past week and picked up two pairs, these to be exact (in both cognac and black):

    http://www.loding.fr/en_16_shoes_ri...c-patina-box__353nevisaarmagnacpatine_en.html

    Obviously I haven't seen how well they've withstood the test of time, but they seem like fantastic shoes for the money. Sleek without being too sleek, Goodyear Welted and, I believe, full-grain. They seem like great shoes for the money (about $175 at full retail after accounting for currency conversion/VAT refund). I'd imagine you'd spend twice the price at least to get that type of construction in the States (if paying full retail). Will report back when I've had a chance to wear/break them in a bit; there are a few places they need to soften up/expand a tad to be perfect but so far among the most comfortable dress shoes I've tried.
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012


  8. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

    Messages:
    5,248
    Likes Received:
    275
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Are you certain they are GW welted? I looked at the web site and it looks to me like they are glued?????

    They look really good in photo however.
     


  9. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

    Messages:
    2,007
    Likes Received:
    87
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    

    Both the site and the shoes themselves say that they are Goodyear Welted; if you open my link and magnify the sole shot you'll see where. However, they have a few sportier rubber soled offerings that are most certainly glued and use less nice leathers. I think those go for E120 instead of E160. They also have a few models at the E160 price that are a blake sole, but it's really easy to tell which when you look at the sole.
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012


  10. fox81

    fox81 Senior member

    Messages:
    888
    Likes Received:
    25
    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Location:
    Brisbane
    

    can you comment on the sizing at all? would you describe them as narrow or wide? how do the sizes compare to some of the english shoe makers?
     


  11. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Senior member

    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    I just came back from France. If it's not €300 above, its not made in France.

    The majority of shoes found in France are sourced from Portugal or Spain. They should use superior French Boxcalf leather too. I love French shoes. So stylish and classy.
     


  12. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Senior member

    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    

    Is this a serious question?

    One is ugly, the other is stylish.
     


  13. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

    Messages:
    5,248
    Likes Received:
    275
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    

    Gotcha. Great price for a GW shoe. Be interested in hearing how they hold up.
     


  14. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

    Messages:
    2,007
    Likes Received:
    87
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    

    Don't own any English shoes so can't comment on comparison sizing. Some of the pairs I tried fit too wide in the heel and in fact that's how I ended up with the ones I did; they're a bit narrower so there's a range. What I can tell you is that I wear a 9 in Bruno Magli and Ferragamo and the two pairs I purchased are marked 8, though I believe that is a UK sizing.
     


  15. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

    Messages:
    2,007
    Likes Received:
    87
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    

    I too seriously doubt these are made in France if for no other reason than I'm sure they would brag about that fact if it were so. I'm guessing Portugal or Spain as well but that's just because when looking at the factory pictures all of the craftsmen appear to be caucasian, which rules out Asia, India or Africa. Not sure about the type of leather, will have to go back and take another look at the site.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by