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Who likes their Loake shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gj555, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

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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?



    Personally, I like having more than two pairs of shoes...
     
  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    heheheehe...me too.


    i was just trying to be funny (sarcastic).
     
  3. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    Army issue shoes, officer's, service uniform, cap-toes. Fifteen years old, almost to the day. They've darkened a bit over the years. I still wear them occasionally, to instil trust in older women. They're good with a countrified tweed or corduroy suit. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Army issue shoes, officer's, service uniform, cap-toes. Fifteen years old, almost to the day. They've darkened a bit over the years.

    Those look great, LS. Even the best artificial patination can't touch the real thing.
     
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    how do loakes fit, esp it's mayfair last? I heard they run big, can anybody confirm or reject my suspicions?
     
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    I have one pair, the Twinings semi-brogue under the CT label. They are the best $150 shoes I've ever bought. At $300 there are better options.
     
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    I have a Loake double-soled chukka. I'm wearing them today for the third time. So far I'm not impressed at all. They're stiff and when I stand i find my weight being pushed forward to the ball of my foot, rather than being distributed evenly. Poorly padded lining, generally not comfortable. Hoping they get better with a few more wearings. If they don't, they'll make it to my charity bin.
     
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    I have 3 pairs of Loake 1880s - Wells in black, Durham in tan, Exeter in dark brown. I find them very reliable and quite comfortable shoes. Unspectacular, but worthy and I think they look a bit better than their (discounted) price suggests. I tend to use them relatively sparingly - more often in wet weather, for sure.
     
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    I have one pair, what look like the Durhams (brown suede semi-brogue). Purchased from CT for $137.

    I have one pair, the Twinings semi-brogue under the CT label. They are the best $150 shoes I've ever bought. At $300 there are better options.

    Regarding price, those are my sentiments too. Loakes are a good sub-$150 value, at lease for a suede semi-brogue.

    Regarding sizing, mine are wide. That is good for me. My feet are wide and my instep is high. I usually wear a 9.5EEE in AEs and I cannot cinch-up the laces all the way on any of them. My 9.5G Loakes fit me well and I can cinch the laces closer together than on my AEs. It's kin of nice to find a modesty priced shoe for a man with a wide foot. [​IMG]

    I'd buy more at that price, though I have concerns with other models basd on criticism aout the quality and suppleness of the leather. I guess at least with a pair purchased from CT, I can return it for free and get a refund by the time the Cubs win the World Series. [​IMG]
     
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    Another pair of Loake Twynings: [​IMG]
     
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    Those look great, LS. Even the best artificial patination can't touch the real thing.

    +1 How old is that pair of shoes?
     
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    +1 How old is that pair of shoes?

    Army issue shoes, officer's, service uniform, cap-toes. Fifteen years old, almost to the day. They've darkened a bit over the years.

    I still wear them occasionally, to instil trust in older women. They're good with a countrified tweed or corduroy suit.

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    how do loakes fit, esp it's mayfair last? I heard they run big, can anybody confirm or reject my suspicions?

    I have shoes on the Mayfair last and the Legend last. Both fit almost the same in terms of size. But, the pair I have on the mayfair last has a great shape. I wear 7.5D US in most shoes (provided they are not a narrow cut). For Loakes I wear 6.5UK and they fit great,
     
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    I thought I'd share my latest purchase; I've never heard of this particular line - Benchgrade - from Loake - has anyone else? I like them in any case; a nice shape to the toe, combination heel, and - unusually - fully leather lined.

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