Remarkably, their standard shipping had the shoes at my door in two and a half days. So maybe there is some hope in them rolling out new models and materials in the 1880 range. Edmonds has a shop round the corner from my office. Read more and , if you are so inclined. I have worn the Kemptons on long walks through uneven European streets, sidewalks, grass, dirt, rain, snow, and ice and they have remained comfortable.
For less than £200 they offer superb value I think. The Malverns rub my pinky toe every so slightly. On the downside, some might find that the back of the boots cut into your heels during the first few wears. Seems like Loake has their quality control down given their heritage in making conservative and classically styled shoes. Regards, Ian from way way down there Melbourne.
All my shoes look like patent leather due to the many years of care and attention. In fact, it is the only shoe that still uses the 236 last. As always, you can find the full list of retailers. Please excuse my terrible iPhone photography Maintenance The shoes were conditioned with Renovateur and polished with Saphir Pommadier every 10—15 wears. I really like this, having a narrow heel, but I imagine it might not work for some men.
They are not Paul Evans or Carlos Santos in the look or the patina offered, but I don't think you would be disappointed if this is your entry Goodyear Welt Shoe. I started my shoe collection with a pair of Loakes for my first job, I soon realised I needed a second pair to rotate and allow each shoe time to dry out after a days wear. I went with a 10F in the 's rebranded Kemptons. There just hasn't been much to get excited about from a material or design standpoint recently aside from the Angelsey model I mentioned earlier. They also came inside blue cloth bags with the Loake logo that is a very nice touch. A glued pair from Jones costs around £100. Looking for a Goodyear welted, or hand-welted shoe, will allow for multiple resolings, and the prospect of owning your shoes for decades, if cared for properly.
Slightly darker elastic sides and loops of similar colour give a nice uniform aesthetic appeal. I put 1 of each on a foot and walked around the house to see which felt more comfortable. Size and Fit I usually wear 42. If you are looking for that you can check my other review about the Loake 1880 Oxford. Good value, as with others.
My Loakes range from 14 to 21 yrs old. In which case Italy, France and Austria are better places to head. Unfortunately, you often get what you pay for—the soles have proven to be less than durable. I appreciate your intelligence on this and wish you all the success with your future endeavours. Carlos Santos is a direct competitor at the same price range but I have not had a chance to take a look at these shoes yet unfortunately.
Reason for sale is because I own 2 of them. Felt like I was bothering them. They are quite comfortable for me, but I have heard some stories or comments that they feel a bit stiff. Have you been able to take a close look to Carmina shoes, Simon? Source — Hi Simon, I bought a first pair of Alfred Sargent years ago when still living in Belgium, and only now am I starting to see the wear and tear coming up to 10 years. You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
State of the sole after 5 months of wear One can say the same about the soles. I'd say the suede used seems to be nicer than Carlos Santos, but definitely a step below Enzo Bonafe and Edward Green as one would expect. . The only minor problem is that this shoe creases more than I would prefer. Loake themselves have commented on this and said the following: It is a wider G fitting last, with a slightly squared off toe shape of standard length.
The third thing was the string of comments on recent posts about bespoke and made-to-order shoes from and. Good English shoes are always worth the money you pay for them! The insole and lining is made from lamb skin and provides just a bit more cushion than the other two. So this may be a newer more improved version of their famous sole. Grenson brogues are an absolute steal. I do actually have a couple of other Loake pairs in suede, but they are likely from their lines below their premium level 1880.
I ended up buying mine from , a well-reputed shop in England. The next day I wore them at work and after 5 minutes I started feeling extreme discomfort on the inner part of my left ankle and right behind my left small toe. However, even with this in mind, there are a few things to still consider before buying this shoe. I'd definitely recommend getting your normal size in this last. The use of a dog tail is functional because the back seam is less likely to come apart due to by dispersing tension between the seams. I love when I find little details that set a garment, shoe, or accessory apart from the rest. Fred G Unn suggested I do a comparison of the two for the site before I return or sell 1 of them.