Bradshaw and Lloyd Fine Shoe Blog

  • Dainite rubber soled footwear

    There has been a huge surge in popularity of Goodyear welted stud rubber soles as used by the premium English shoemakers such as Church, Crockett & Jones, Loakes, Sanders, Cheaney, Alfred Sargent and Trickers.  These often appear under the English brand name of ‘Dainite’. Here we look at the pros and cons of stud rubber soles against leather ones:


    Leather is certainly more traditional.  Rubber soles only came into being around the time of WWI.  Traditionally tanned leather soles using the ‘oak bark’ method whereby the sole leather was submerged in a mixture of oak bark and acorns for a couple of years has long since gone by the wayside in all but the most expensive men’s footwear.  It is both time consuming and expensive to produce this iron hard sole leather but it really did wear two or three times as long as other sole leather.  21st century sole leather as used in shoes under £500 is not as durable as rubber.  In fact Dainite rubber soles will last twice as long as these leather soles.  Also when sole leather gets very thin it can get rather porous.  Whereas rubber remains water tight right up to the moment that a hole appears.

    We are advised to alternate our footwear for good reason.  We all lose a considerable amount of perspiration through our feet on even colder days and this moisture needs to be allowed to escape.  But with leather soled shoes it is especially important to alternate your footwear as damp sole leather can wear a great deal faster than when bone dry.  With rubber soled footwear alternating is still important to allow the linings to dry out but isn’t an issue as far as the soles are concerned.

    So what are the drawbacks of a Dainite rubber soled shoe?  Well actually there are very few.  So long as the welts of the shoe are leather one cannot tell what the soles are when looking down from above.  Rubber is also grippier than leather so you are less likely to slip over on a wet surface.  Some might worry feet could get hot without leather soles but so long as the insole of the shoe is made of a good thick piece of leather then feet can continue to breathe properly.

    In conclusion it does just come down to personal preference but Goodyear rubber soled footwear such as the Dainite brand is here to stay and we think jolly good too.DANITE RUBBER SOLE

  • Sebago rawhide laces

    Do your Sebago leather shoe laces have an annoying tendency to come undone? If so rest assured this is not limited to Sebago shoes. Fortunately there is a very simple solution: simply dangle the laces of your unlaced Sebago deck shoes into a bowl of water. The water will soak into the fibres of the leather and make them far more flexible and henceforth the laces will stay tied. However it’s well worth tying a double knot.

    Rawhide Sebago laces are highly durable but should they ever break let us know, we stock all the most popular leather laces along with all the most sought after Sebago shoes at lacing kit - white Sebago lacing kit dark brown Sebago lacing kit new

  • Shoe care

    The Bradshaw & Lloyd shoe care kit comes in a roomy premium leather travel bag.  Inside are a couple of tins of premium wax polish, two horsehair brushes, applicator and polish, along with a cloth and shoe horn.  This kit is available for free with all our English made shoes from Trickers, Barker, Loakes and Sanders shoes at

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    Maintaining leather shoes in prime condition is of paramount importance in ensuring a long life.  A good wax polish not only feeds leather and maintains its suppleness but also helps to deter water ingress. Also try not to wear the same pair of shoes day after day as they do benefit from being allowed to dry between outings since we lose around 500ml of perspiration through our feet on a daily basis.

  • Sebago Docksides

    The Sebago Dockside is the iconic summer shoe, both functional and fashionable.  We stock the 14 men’s core colour options for same day despatch in all the main half size increments. Either order online at or do visit our Hurstpierpoint store going north out of Brighton on the A23.

    The 1970’s saw the launch of the now legendary Dockside deckshoe. The 1970’s saw the launch of the now legendary Dockside deckshoe.

    The Sebago Dockside is made with the finest leather uppers and rawhide leather laces in a true moccasin construction.  Sebago soles are legendary for their durability and grip, an essential element bearing in mind that these shoes were designed for all that inclement weather can throw at them in an open boat at sea.

  • Expanding the Barker shoes range.

    I spent a fascinating morning at the Barker shoe factory on Thursday with their Sales Director Adrian Gell.  Keep an eye on many more Barker shoes becoming stocked in our Hurstpierpoint store and also listed on  The Barker range is not only extensive but the quality of their shoemaking is superb and it’s going to prove a very difficult task in selecting which styles to stock. Without doubt the selected Barker shoes will both complement and enhance the styles we already offer and continue to make our shoe store in Hurstpierpoint an absolute must visit for anyone interested in superb quality English made men’s leather shoes.

  • Free cedar shoe trees with Loakes.

    Whether you are planning on investing in a pair of Barker, Tricker, Sanders or Loakes we include a super free accessory with all English made shoes, either a shoe cleaning kit or a pair of shoe trees.1 aaa Free accessory Euroleathers

    The cleaning kit comes in a genuine leather zipped pouch which is ideal for either travel or for storing your shoe care essentials at home or in the office.  The kit comes with two tins of wax polish, a polishing cloth, a shoe horn, a horsehair polishing brush and a horsehair applicator brush.

    The shoe trees are made of the finest material for shoe trees: cedar wood from renewable sources.  Cedar is both aromatic and highly absorbent so helps to both maintain your shoes in shape and also absorb perspiration from the linings.

  • Loake shoes for the summer

    Looking for a nice shoe which can be worn with both shorts and trousers?  The Loakes Nicholson could well fit the bill.  This genuine moccasin is made on the attractive Loakes Joker last which is elegant enough without being too long in the toe.  The Loakes Nicholson loafer is available in three guises:  tan suede, navy suede and dark brown suede.  We also have good remaining stocks in black suede.  What makes these loafers rather special is the contrasting beef roll stitching and around the apron.

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    The soles have traditionally moccasin stitched leather soles but have a rubber forepart let in for enhanced wear and durability.  When they do become due for a re-sole the cobbler can either stitch on a replacement leather or rubber forepart to the sole.

    The Loake Nicholson is available in half sizes from 6 to 11 along with size 12.  The fit is regular so stick with your regular Loakes size whether you plan to wear with or without socks.  Our price is £130 which includes UK delivery.

  • New black suede Chelsea boot

    Our new ‘Hever’ black suede Chelsea boot from our NewtRider collection is stunning.  The Hurst last provides the perfect shape for a Chelsea: elegant and slightly chiselled without being too long in the toe.    The Hever has a traditionally Goodyear welted leather sole and heel block and an additional through sole giving the sole an extra 3mm of height and comfort. The boot is designed to be easily re-soled numerous time by a competent cobbler.Bradshaw & Lloyd Hever 1638BS above Bradshaw & Lloyd Hever 1638BS side Bradshaw & Lloyd Hever 1638BS sole Bradshaw & Lloyd Hever 1638BS

    This black suede Chelsea boot will go with a massive range of trouser and jean colour options but will always be a positive fashion statement.  But above all we prioritize comfort and quality of components.  These boots are entirely hand made in Northampton by the Sanders factory, one of the very oldest bootmakers in England having been continuously making boots since 1873.

    Priced at £222 we stock the Hever black suede Chelsea boot in half sizes from 7 through to 11.  We are confident that you will love these boots but should you need to return them we provide a Freepost returns service throughout the UK. Contact for further info. If you can we would love to see you in our Hurstpierpoint store where you can view and try our full range of boots and shoes and discuss your requirements with Richard de Winter.

  • New Bradshaw & Lloyd black suede chukka boots

    We are proud to announce a new addition to our range of NewtRider black suede chukka boots.  The Leeds is a black suede variation on our popular Warwick chukka boot but with leather Goodyear welted stitched leather soles rather than rubber.  In terms of quality, styling and price we are confident that you will love this new boot.  Priced at £216 on we include either a free shoe cleaning kit in a leather bag or a pair of cedar wood shoe trees worth £33 and provide free postage throughout the UK.. Available in half sizes from 7 through to 11 and made entirely in England.

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  • Shoe repair service London

    We provide a comprehensive shoe repair service for all makes of men’s shoes with daily collection and returns throughout central London.  The following repair prices include carriage within central London:

    Repair Prices for Men's Shoes (per pair):
    ½ leather stitched sole & rubber heel £58.00
    ½ rubber stitched sole & rubber heel £58.00
    ½ leather stitched sole £42.00
    ½ rubber stitched sole £42.00
    Stick-on rubber sole £27.00
    Rubber heel £16.00
    Rubber heel with quarter iron £18.50
    Leather heel with quarter rubber £18.50
    Re-line heel upper - shoes £15.00
    Re-line heel upper - boots £17.00
    Steel toes tip £5.00

     We aim to return all repairs within 5 working days.  Minimum repair cost per collection:  £53.00.

    Free collection post codes within Central London:  E1, E14, EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, SW1, SW3, SE1, SW7, W1, W2, WC1, WC2, N1, NW1

    Contact for further details.

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