Who likes their Loake shoes?

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

  1. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Location:
    Mid Glamorgan, South Wales
    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!!

    Messages:
    22,225
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Location:
    Irvine
    heheheehe...me too.


    i was just trying to be funny (sarcastic).
     


  3. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

    Messages:
    3,459
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Location:
    Norway
    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]
     


  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,090
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Location:
    Tombstone
    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.
     


  5. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Location:
    Mid Glamorgan, South Wales


  6. benjamin831

    benjamin831 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,587
    Likes Received:
    179
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    how do loakes fit, esp it's mayfair last? I heard they run big, can anybody confirm or reject my suspicions?
     


  7. Thurston

    Thurston Senior member

    Messages:
    1,177
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2006
    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.
     


  8. wq1999

    wq1999 Senior member

    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    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.
     


  9. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

    Messages:
    10,562
    Likes Received:
    6,340
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    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.
     


  10. Francisco D'Anconia

    Francisco D'Anconia Senior member

    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    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]
     


  11. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

    Messages:
    3,459
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Location:
    Norway
    Another pair of Loake Twynings: [​IMG]
     


  12. nmoraitis

    nmoraitis Senior member

    Messages:
    948
    Likes Received:
    13
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2006
    Location:
    Upper Canada
    Those look great, LS. Even the best artificial patination can't touch the real thing.

    +1 How old is that pair of shoes?
     


  13. Brian278

    Brian278 Senior member

    Messages:
    3,820
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    Location:
    West Palm Beach, FL
    +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.

    ..
     


  14. gj555

    gj555 Senior member

    Messages:
    340
    Likes Received:
    22
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2005
    Location:
    Toronto
    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,
     


  15. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Location:
    Mid Glamorgan, South Wales
    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.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by