Who likes their Loake shoes?

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  1. CitizenK

    CitizenK Active Member

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    I have worn a pair of Loake "Bootmaker" chukkas (in chestnut) for the past year. Bought them from Herring shoes, seconds on sale.

    They fit well, are comfortable, look nice and have worn well.

    I suppose it's all a matter of taste.

    If I find another pair that fit well and I like them, I will buy...

    Enjoy!
     
  2. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    I have, I guess, three pairs. One is straight-up Loake, the other two are Loake for CT.

    Loake Mad-Dogs: nice looking, fairly comfortable. No major gripe. Not perfect but nor do I regret the purchase.

    CT/Loake cherry brown brogue boot: love them. Look beautiful, feel great.

    CT/Loake full-cut black calf w/ medallion: nice/good shoes, though not perfect.

    I'm wearing my first pair of AEs right now. I think I'd rate them a little higher, but not terribly so. I either have very picky feet (i.e. no shoe is perfect) or very bad taste and no sense. I'm sure someone will tell me which.

    I say if they are no more than $150 (including shipping and taxes) then they're okay for me.

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  3. Philip1978

    Philip1978 Senior member

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    I have a pair of Loake Thomas model in black calf, in my opinion there is not much difference between them and my pair of AE'S fairfax in chestnut. i would agree with the comment that they do fit a bit wide. But as for feeling like they are going to fall apart at any moment, just not true at all.
     
  4. Teacher

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    I have one pair from the 1880's range, and my experience seems to be like many others': decent, but not great.
     
  5. meister

    meister Senior member

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    I am always reading people putting down loake shoes. From crappy corrected grain in their standard lines to hard soles and cheap leather in their 1880s line - Loake has certainly been ragged on here. So, I was hesitant when i decided to make a purchase. I ordered the Savoy from the 1880 line in Chestnut and could not be more thrilled. These shoes were comfortable from day one (it usually takes me weeks to break in AEs), look great, and have a nice colour. The construction seems fine and the shape is very elegant. I could not be more happy with the purchase.

    Anyone else like their Loake shoes (I am sure I am not the only one)? Anyone else willing to post their cheap Loake porn?

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    I agree. Mine are my faves and are not cobbler and from simple polishing they have developed their own shades.
     
  6. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

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    I've finally got around to sorting out and photographing mine...

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    Truro on the left, Twyning (which I think may be a CT shoe) on the right.

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    Loake for CT on the left, Loake for Herring Shoes on the right.

    From my limited experience, I like them, although I find that they run a little wide. I'd like to pick up one or two on the Mayfair last for comparison. I paid an average of about £62 per pair shipped, thanks to the good people at Herring Shoes and at this sort of price (say £50-85 range) I think they offer good value for money, for a UK buyer at least, and would be a good foundation for a collection.
     
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    Sorry about the low quality pic...

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  8. Anthony Jordan

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    jjl5000 Senior member

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    Would I be very far off if I guessed that these (reading from the left) are Wells, Durham (or perhaps a CT variant), Norwich, Truro, Wells again?

    Spot on! You certainly know your Loakes (or your 1880's at least)!
     
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    [​IMG] Loake for CT on the left, Loake for Herring Shoes on the right.
    I have the pair on the left. For $125 or whatever I paid, I think they were a great bargain. Since suede is much harder to clean then calfskin, I prefer to spend less on it. I stain them too easily. Also, they're welted and quite comfortable. I'll probably get another pair this winter. No, they're not EG or C&J handgrade quality, but they're a fraction of the price and a very attractive fall winter staple.
     
  12. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have the pair on the left. For $125 or whatever I paid, I think they were a great bargain. Since suede is much harder to clean then calfskin, I prefer to spend less on it. I stain them too easily. Also, they're welted and quite comfortable. I'll probably get another pair this winter. No, they're not EG or C&J handgrade quality, but they're a fraction of the price and a very attractive fall winter staple.

    Yeah, I have the same one too, and I follow the same line of reasoning.
     
  13. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    I have the Norwich in brown, and I've been quite pleased with them. They're not at the apex of my collection, but they're more than serviceable, and I've gotten good use out of them. You can see them deployed in my most recent Chan thread:

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=39315
     
  14. Lucky Strike

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    Twynings in chestnut: [​IMG] And I agree with the seeming consensus here: decent, but not fantastic quality.
     
  15. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    i have seen Loakes as well and they are decent for the money you pay for them, especially at the discount prices , you cant lose...

    but it's a seriously hard choice when seeing other bargains out there: i mean, why get a loake when you can get a one pair of vass for the price of ten pairs of Loakes?
     

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