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Loding Shoes

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

  1. Stavros

    Stavros Senior member

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    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.
     
  2. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    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.
     
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  3. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    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.
     
  4. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    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.
     
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  5. fox81

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    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?
     
  6. ThatGuy

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    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.
     
  7. ThatGuy

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    Is this a serious question?

    One is ugly, the other is stylish.
     
  8. Gdot

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

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    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.
     
  10. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    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.
     
  11. Romain

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    I bought a pair of pennies a few years ago: quality is ok given the price. Approx. half of the shoes are GY welted.

    When I asked where the shoes are made, the salesman told me "France-Spain-Portugal" or something like that. I believe they use French calf (from le Puy) (which actually doesn't mean anything about quality) and shoes are made in Spain (or Portugal), by Zarco.

    Sizing : I bought the same size as my CJs (both 9 UK in standard width)
     
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  12. tomford

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    I think the quality of the oxford and brogue shoes are pretty decent but not as good as Meermin. I have two pair of Loding and one pair of Meermin, which is superior.

    Regarding the size I have the same size in Loding, Meermin and Crockett and Jones.

    Loding has a pricing policy that all leather shoes is 160€ which makes the Jodphur boots really cheap but the quality of the leather is also not very good on the boots.
    The leather inside the shoe, at the heel, actually broke just after a couple of months use. I have made a claim and we will see how that goes.

    So far my experience of their customer service is that they speak English really bad and are not very quick to respond or helpful.

    When I unpacked my boots i saw that there were like black marks on the buckles on both shoes. I sent an email and suggested a price reduction so that I could get it fixed but they didn't want to do that and instead suggested that I send back the boots and recieve a new one. I didn't do that because it was not a big issue for me.

    If they don't solve my claim in a satisfying way I will upload som photos of the boots.
     
  13. tomford

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    Ok, so I still haven´t heard from them and it´s been nearly a month. I´m so pissed since i bought them in November last year and they started to break in March. 160€ plus a rubber sole of 35€... what a waste.

    Anyone have any tip of what to do besides sending them another email?


    Have a look at the photos of the shoes below.

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    This photo of the buckle was taken when i unboxed them.

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  14. NPKII

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    Reviving an old thread, Are these shoes still holding up? Any reviews will be appreciated as I plan to visit their stores in Paris coming weekend.
     
  15. tomford

    tomford Member

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    They are holding up, barely. I will never buy Loding again but I will continue to use these until they break. Just took a photo of them:

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  16. Johnsson

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    Wow, after <2 years? Assuming you have a normal rotation, that's brutal. Actually, even if you don't.
     
  17. burgerkong

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    Have you cared for them in any way? What conditioners did you use and how frequent? Did they get brushed regularly?
     
  18. NPKII

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    That looks bad. Did the shoe see a lot of rain?

    I ended buying Finsbury!
     
  19. Meyboom

    Meyboom Well-Known Member

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    Today, Loding Denley in havanna grain leather.

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