130 years of shoe making has to count for something. Loake originated in Northamptonshire, which is the county where it is still based, and run by the same family just five generations on. Loake is one of Britain’s most prestigious footwear brands and they have just opened a store in Piccadilly’s Princes Arcade to coincide with the revamp of their website.
Loake specialise in authentic British styles, using quality calf leathers in a range of colours made with expert craftsmanship. However don’t fret, although the family run business take a traditional approach in all of their designs, they combine modern aesthetics to create the perfect antidote for men’s shoes today. The overall inspiration for Loake descends from the brogue – known in the 1800s as the rich mans shoe – and it’s Loake 1800 collection bases each style around this. Although the L1 collection offers alternate styles of the “loafer” and the “boat,” whatever your style prerogative may be, you will be assured to know Loake can cater to your needs.
Most of the styles sit at a price of £200, which is value for money considering the amount of work that has gone into making the final product. These shoes would work well with ankle grazer chinos, paired with slim fit eccentric shirts and finished with a smart jumper or blazer. Think city slick or the modern dandy.
Check out their full collection over at the official Loake website.