My visit to Loake

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  1. umbrella613

    umbrella613 Active Member

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    Thanks for the post!

    Anyone know of any stores in NYC-area that sells Loakes? Quick Google search turned up one place (Carson Street Clothiers), but they have a very small selection...

    Thanks!
     


  2. wurger

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    Loake's lasts are very true to size compare to other UK makers, so online is not a hard way.
     


  3. YRR92

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    ^^
    I've heard they run a little wide. Is there anything to that?

    I might just be in luck on the sizing for the Capital last, based on your review. I own a pair of 5-last AEs in 8.5 D, but they're a touch long (fine at the ball of the foot, loose at the heel) -- I think an 8E would be better for me. That might just mean the sizing will work out the same for me as it does for you, n'est pas?
     


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    I've found the Capital last to be close to an E width in AE. I only own a single pair, mind you. I wear 10.5 E in the 5 last and 10.5 E in the 2 last and 9.5 in the Capital last for Loake is perfect for me (I think they come in a single width, which they call F. I have the Pimilco chukka). Maybe we are in an analogous situation, since an 11D in AE 5 last is a bit too long for me (but width-wise it is pretty good), but 10.5 D is a bit too narrow. All that said I'm not crazy about the way the AE 5-last fits my foot; I much prefer the fit of my Loakes.
     


  5. wurger

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    the Loake's standard width is F, which is equivalent to US D. But I do find it more comparable to US E. But trust me, you rather have a shoe with a bit of room than too tight.
     


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    Brooks brothers sell rebranded Loakes. Decent value during corp/f&f sales.
     


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    I hear you on that one, but Loakes would be enough of a purchase that I'd want them to be 100%

    othertravel, do you know how to spot the BB Loakes? I thought all the Peal & Co shoes were C&J.
     


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    Definitely not all C&J.

    This is Loake:

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-...dwvar_161H_Color=BLCK&contentpos=58&cgid=0522


    C&J:

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-...var_MH00194_Color=BRWN&contentpos=5&cgid=0522

    You can tell the difference by looking at the font on "Peal & Co". The Loake shoes have an elongated font, whereas the C&J font is small and squarish (credit to Steve Smith for identifying this).
     


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    Right, and the posts above (and Loake's prices) have convinced me to risk buying without trying on first!

    It would be awesome to buy directly from their site's selection, but "We are unable to offer overseas deliveries at this time".
     


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    I'm glad to see Loake getting their due. They also have a brogue featured in the new issue of Free & Easy magazine in Japan and seem to be being sold in some 'cool' shops here, so maybe it's their turn to get hyped like Tricker's. Everyone goes crazy over Tricker's brogue boots (especially on the other side of this forum) and yet the brogue boots in the Loake 1880 range are every bit as nice IMHO, and certainly a lot cheaper.
     


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    Loake make some very good shoes - certainly in the 1880 line, and a few of the others are good too. I have various Loake brogues and particularly like the toe shape. Arguably not as elegant as say Crockett & Jones, but probably just as well made and much better value for money.

    They also make some dross however - too much corrected grain, and some shoes are not made in Kettering at all but in India. Nothing necessarily wrong with that I suppose, but it seems to be playing rather fast and loose with notions of tradition.
     


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    ehhh, i'm not so sure about that.
     


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