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Old 18-10-2018, 12:39 AM   #31
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That's the problem with illfitting/cheap footwear. 'expensive' shoes never need wearing in even after repairing.


I guess I’ll never find out!

These “cheap” shoes do me fine.


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Old 18-10-2018, 09:55 AM   #32
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Loake may be on the bottom rung of the expensive shoe category but I've not had any problems with mine, all perfect fitting immediately.
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Old 18-10-2018, 10:29 AM   #33
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I am also a fan of Loakes. Good quality and comfortable - they also last well if maintained. I have owned Churches in the past and they are superb, but I can justify the price now.
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Got a few Eves and Gray shoes and they are pleasant, in addition to they for the most braces box part have a markdown or offer on and they let you send them back and attempt diverse sizes and styles.
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Old 18-12-2018, 04:09 PM   #35
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I've had several pairs of Loakes and I don't think I'd buy another pair, over the years their quality has gone downhill, customer service is excellent though.

Some of their shoes are made in India and that to me, takes away from the made in England novelty.

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Old 18-12-2018, 04:28 PM   #36
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I bought a pair of Churchs about 15 years ago, had them resoled and the service was amazing - actually cost me more than the shoes, as I bought them in a sale at a show.

They make you feel special, like a quality watch - its not to impress others, though some notice, but how you feel. Like driving a clean car - a dirty one goes just as well, but doesn't make you feel quite so good.
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Old 18-12-2018, 05:38 PM   #37
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Church, but sadly the quality of craftsmanship seems to have dropped off since Prada bought them.

Grenson shared a lot of their designs with church 15 years ago, never owned a pair but would consider them better than loakes. My father swore by barkers for years but had a few inferior quality ones in the 90s so moved away.

I’d also look at Charles Tyrwhitt, their shoes are Northampton made ( probably not church these days but possibly 5 years ago); their more expensive models are up to grenson quality if not church

And to add to my earlier comment i have recently bought a pair of Grenson via eBay - quite impressed with them in fairness, especially for what i paid for them. Not up to the quality of some of my older Church shoes, and i'd hesitate to pay the RRP of £180 ; but if I can get them at good discount prices then certainly I'd look at Grenson in future.
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After an accident my quality shoes had to be replaced, my blue Grensons were very comfortable, I did have some Loakes that never became what one might call worn it, so that new feel never wore off.

I do try to buy them when on offer, my Church brogues are quality which are not really day wear. I do prefer a stitched rather than welted sole either way I need to try them on. With an f or g fitting some of these for day wear are available, I do have shoes boxed so will not need any replacement soon.

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