The Shoe Snob Blog

January 17, 2017

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Loake New 1880 Export Grade

Loake shoes

Photo Courtesy of Loake Website

I have never been the biggest supporter of Loake, not because they can’t make a good shoe, but mainly because of their prevalent use of bookbinder leather on their lower end lines as well as a general lack of anything but classic models. There was never anything that jumped out at me and made me think, ‘wow’. Their 1880 line I always found was a good value for money and a great entry point for anyone that wanted a welted shoe with decent make at a great pricepoint that could not yet afford to jump into C&J and the like. But now it would appear that Loake is taking it one step further and adding another higher end line called the 1880 Export Grade which seams to be competing against the likes of C&J benchgrade, Cheaney and the like.

I have yet to see one in person and while they are still sticking to very classic models that don’t excite me at all, I am sure that this will be a good thing for the brand and for the people as they now have yet another option in the £300 pound range.

https://www.loake.co.uk/1880exportgrade/

 

  • David Lee

    I have a couple of pairs of Loake Chelsea boots which are awesome. One pair I have had for 15 years and the other 18 years, so incredible value for money, they still feel and look good and attract many positive comments. Of course I look after them and that’s why they have probably lasted so long but I’m sure it would also have something to do with the quality of the shoe. I’d be interested in knowing which Loake models you talked about that use bookbinding leather and what are the problems with its use. Cheers David

    • TheShoeSnob

      to be honest, I don’t really like any of them outside of the 1880 range