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Who likes their Loake shoes?

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

  1. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    Another pair of Loake Twynings: [​IMG]
     
  2. nmoraitis

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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?
     
  3. Brian278

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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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  4. gj555

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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,
     
  5. Anthony Jordan

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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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  6. stickonatree

    stickonatree Senior member

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    how much was the benchgrade version?
     
  7. Anthony Jordan

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    They were £63 delivered from a private seller on eBay UK; I'm guessing a past purchase that were never worn.
     
  8. Dewey

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    In the Joseph Turner catalog I rec'd today, the Loakes are on sale for $180. After reading this thread, I guess that's not such a good price? If so, where's a good place to find them online for mail-order to the States? I am not interested in the cheapest possible price -- I do not want seconds or secondhand shoes -- but if they can be had for under $150 new somewhere, I'd love to learn where. Thank you
     
  9. Journeyman

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    Dewey, You can get good deals for Loake shoes online at places like: Herring Shoes - www.herringshoes.co.uk P.Lal - www.plal.com Pediwear - www.pediwear.co.uk I've used Herring Shoes and Pediwear, and both have been excellent. I know people who have used P.Lal and their experiences have been uniformly excellent, too.
     
  10. Dewey

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    Thank you Journeyman! [​IMG]
     
  11. slipperywhenwet

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    I had a pair of Ferragamo shoes split up the outside of the right shoe near the toe early this spring. After encountering a few rather rude sales people, and no help from the customer service wing here in Korea, I noticed a few recommendations for Loake. I picked up a pair of Loake Burford boots, and Norwich lace-ups roughly 2 months ago. So far I'm quite pleased. The Ferragamo's never really fit me right, and the inner-heel wore out on them after just over a month. The Loake shoes seem to be holding up much better. The leather feels sturdier, the stitching isn't frayed at all, and the glue is also holding better than my Ferragamo's. Overall, I'm impressed. They aren't the best shoe on the market, but for the money, I think you can't get much better. If there's one complaint that I have, it's that the soles are a little hard. It's almost like having plywood under my feet, but insoles have fixed that. And +1 for www.herringshoe.co.uk! The guys there have been fantastic help. They are courteous, knowledgeable about their products and they ship things very quickly. From ordering to receiving the shoes took around 4 days, it would have been 3 days if Korean customs was a little more organized.
     
  12. Sebastian

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    Herringshoes is a great source for shoes. Bought my first pairs of "good shoes" over there. Adrian was very kind and helpful. I can nothing but highly recommend them.

    But not really fond of the Loakes. I have just one pair, but i don't think I would buy them again, althought I wear them occasionally. Not a long time ago I got a pair of Alfred Sargent Blenheims for 60 Pounds and those are far better than the Loakes IMO.

    I would also choose AE over Loakes, and those are about the same Price Range if you get them discounted.
     
  13. Willsw

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    A link from another thread had me browsing Urban Outfitters, it seems Ben Sherman paired up with Loake to make a longwing and a wingtip chelsea boot. Urban Outfitters seems like a place to have many large sales, if ever the longwings were at 75% off I'd consider them.
     
  14. TheGreek

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    I own a pair of Loake 202's for everyday wear, and I love them.
     
  15. VictorC

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    I have a pair of black Loakes 771b. It is a derby type shoe and it is a fine everyday workhorse shoe. Even though i only very occasionally wear it. I think for that reason it will last me years and years. I will save it for interviews, weddings and special occasions i suppose.

    My everyday shoe is a pair of clarkes. Im definately a cheap guy.
     
  16. VictorC

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    My favourite shoes are my Loake 1880 Kemptons (Chukka boot). I also have the Norwich 1880 in black calf, which I like.

    The normal line isn't durable enough, I find. The new "Mayfair last" 1880 line (like the pictures posted by the OP) look a step up from what was previously available in style.


    Ive ordered the loake kempton tan leather chukka boot. I hope it is a nice boot.
     
  17. acidboy

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    I've been thinking of getting these for weekends, the Trapper [​IMG] Any thoughts?
     
  18. Sander

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    Ive ordered the loake kempton tan leather chukka boot. I hope it is a nice boot.

    I was going to order them as well. Can anyone tell me what the colour really looks like? Three different websites, three different colours: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0, http://plal.com/loakes.htm (scroll down), http://www.pediwear.co.uk/loake/products/2514.php. I suppose herringshoes spelled it wrong but it's the same shoe?
    Also, what does the sole really look like? Dainite or like on herringshoes?
     
  19. Journeyman

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    I was going to order them as well. Can anyone tell me what the colour really looks like? Three different websites, three different colours: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0, http://plal.com/loakes.htm (scroll down), http://www.pediwear.co.uk/loake/products/2514.php. I suppose herringshoes spelled it wrong but it's the same shoe?
    Also, what does the sole really look like? Dainite or like on herringshoes?


    The Herring Shoes version is not mis-spelled, as it is a unique version made solely for Herring Shoes and thus they've changed both the sole and the name.

    If you have a look at the Loake website (www.loake.co.uk), it seems that there are two versions of the Kempton:
    One comes with the Dainite sole and is available in either black calf leather, or brown suede leather.
    http://www.loake.co.uk/our_shoes/pro...ange=1880&sub=
    The other comes with a goodyear-welted, leather sole and is only available in a tan grain calf leather:
    http://www.loake.co.uk/our_shoes/pro...ange=1880&sub=

    Herring Shoes also has another version of the Kempton, which they refer to as the Fenton. Again, it is a special order for Herring Shoes and combines the tan grain calf leather upper with a Dainite sole. It also comes in a G-width (ie a wide fitting) as opposed to the F-width of the normal Kempton. I found it by going into the Loake "Sales and Seconds" section and then choosing my size and width. That particular model doesn't seem to show up on the normal Loake or Herring ranges on the Herring Shoes website.
    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...ID=3&seconds=1
     
  20. Journeyman

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    Oh, and I also just noticed that if anyone is interested in purchasing the suede "Campden" version made by Loake for Herring Shoes, then it might pay to have a look at your size in the "Sale and Seconds" category of the Herring Shoes section on the Herring Shoes website. Curiously, the "Campden" is quoted as being 120 pounds in the normal Herring Shoes section, in a wide range of sizes: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0 However, in the "Sale and Seconds" section, you can pick a pair up for 80 pounds, if they happen to have your size: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...ID=2&seconds=1
     

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