Bradshaw and Lloyd Fine Shoe Blog

  • Buying Loakes shoes

    When buying Loakes shoes and our other superb brands of: Trickers, Sanders, Barker and Sebago you can be confident that you will receive them securely and fast whether your delivery address is within the UK or overseas.  Within the UK delivery is on a next day service via UKMail.  You will receive an alert from UK Mail prior to delivery so you can monitor the progress of your delivery.  Within other European countries the parcel is equally secure however the final delivery is by a local courier company.  Outside of Europe we use the most appropriate and speedy courier option and the parcel continues to be monitored throughout its journey.

    Should you prefer another delivery service do email and we can quote for most alternative delivery options.  So whether you are considering buying Loakes, Barker, Sebago, Sanders or Trickers shoes you can be confident that your order will arrive securely.

  • London shoe repairs

    Our premium London shoe repairs service includes collection from and return to your office in central London.  The standard repair of a half sole and re-heel is £58, inclusive of courier.  We not only repair the famous English shoe brands which we offer on our website and in our shop but all good quality mens’ shoes and boots.  We endeavor to return shoes to your office within 5 working days of collection. Our 2017 shoe repair price list is as follows:

    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
    Replace elastic for buckles £15.50
    Stretch width £5.00
    Cotton laces £2.20

     These prices include collection from and return to your office in central London.

    All prices include VAT

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

    If you would like us to attend to your shoes please email repairs and request a courier collection form.  We provide a daily collecting service throughout central London.

    Please note that we do have a minimum charge of £58 per collection.

    Should you work outside central London then you can send in your shoes for repair and we shall then return them to you once repaired via courier at no extra charge.  Please contact us for further details.

    For new Sebago, Barker, Sanders, Trickers and Loake shoes please visit  We provide a free delivery and returns service throughout the UK.


  • Goodyear welted shoes

    In the latter part of the nineteenth century Charles Goodyear junior patented a method of mechanized shoe construction.  Having a separate leather welt was long recognized as the superior method of making shoes but his patent meant that the method need no longer be as time consuming and enabled shoes and boots to be made in far greater numbers in a production line by skilled workers.  Footwear made in this way was known as goodyear welting and proved to be by far and away the finest form of shoe construction.  Essentially the upper leather is stitched to a strip of leather, called the welt, which runs around the shoe.  This welt is then stitched separately to the sole.

    A Goodyear welted shoe under construction A Goodyear welted shoe under construction

    Goodyear welted shoes mold much better to the foot and once ‘broken in’ become sublime to wear.  Footwear constructed in this way can also be re-soled without stitching new holes into the upper leather as the upper is not interfered with.

    All the best English shoe makers to this day prefer the Goodyear welted method of construction for their premium shoes including:  Loake, Alfred Sargent, Cheaney, Churches, Sanders, Barker, Grenson and Lobb.

    Be sure to ask your cobbler to perform a goodyear welted re-sole when the time comes for a new sole.  Otherwise he may be tempted to do a simpler blakey stitched sole which just isn’t as good.

  • Barker Calder boot

    We are very excited about being able to offer our customers the Barker Calder boot.  This 8 eyelet derby is handmade to the very highest standard in Barker’s factory in Earls Bartoni in Northamptonshire.  Out of all the similar styles form the various English shoemakers we like the Barker Calder the most.

    Made on the Barker 460 last, this regular/medium wide F fitting boot is fully lined with premium grade calf leather and is available in three upper leather options.  We stock the cedar calf and cherry grain versions in all half sizes from 6 through to 12.  To enhance the boots foul weather capabilities the boot has 10mm goodyear stormwelted Dainite rubber soles.Barker Calder-414926_Cedar copy

    Along with the components used and craftsmanship it’s the last that makes for a good fit and overall shape and we think the 460 last makes the Barker Calder boot truly stunning.Barker Calder-414976_CherryGrain

    If you can make it to our Hurstpierpint store on the outskirts of Brighton do come along and try a pair.  We think you will be impressed.

  • Side leather

    When buying shoes it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two types of leather, side leather and calf leather, used in men’s shoes and boots from the traditional shoemakers of Loakes, Sanders, Barker and Trickers and each offer their own benefits:

    Side leather with a corrected grain is from the hide of a mature animal.  Of course there are numerous different grades but essentially these are relatively stiff leathers with a smooth uniform finish which allows for a high shine.  The downside is that because the leather is fairly stiff it tends to lead to more pronounced creasing.

    Calf leather, as its name suggests, is from a younger animal and is much more supple and flexible.  Therefore without the pronounced creasing of a stiffer leather calf leather will tend to last rather longer before the upper leather fails due to the weakening effect of continuous creasing. The downside of calf leathers is that they tend not to have that high shine straight from the box and therefore a little elbow grease is often required to get a good shine.

    With a starting price of £345 Trickers only use the very finest grade of calf leather in all their shoes.  Loakes, Barker and Sanders will use both calf and side leathers but use only the best grades of both.  All their shoes are designed to last many years and be fully repairable again and again.

  • Barker footwear for women

    Due to popular demand we now stock a comprehensive range of Barker footwear in the Bradshaw & Lloyd Hurstpierpoint store for women.  We particularly specialize in their Chelsea and laced boots.  Some of these styles are also available on  The Barker footwear range of women’s Chelsea boots continues to expand and the ever popular Violet boot is now available in seven suedes and calf leathers.  What we particularly like about this boot is the elegant last shape and raised heel which sets them apart from the more masculine regular heel.

    Barker Violet snuff suede

    The super popular Grace 6 eyelet boot has the same raised heel as the Violet and the two versions which we particularly like are the cedar calf with green Harris tweed insert panels and the walnut calf with brown Harris tweed panels.


    The Northampton shoe industry is world renowned for the quality of its traditionally hand crafted mens shoes and it is fabulous that Barker footwear are offering such an exciting range of highly fashionable women’s shoes made to the same exacting standards.

  • Barker shoes with Dainite soles

    We do think Barker shoes make some of the finest shoes in the UK and the range we offer at continues to expand for both men and women.  We like the fact that Barker are offering a fine selection of men’s shoes with Dainite rubber soles.  With autumn now upon us rubber soles make a sensible choice for their enhanced grip and wear.  Also they tend to have a thicker 10mm sole which does make them that little bit warmer when out and about on cold days.Barker Burford_399127_Rosewood

    For more formal wear the Barker Burford punch cap Oxford, made on the Barker 469 last, is both elegant and a fine choice for winter wear with its goodyear welted Dainite rubber soles.  We are stocking this shoe in both black calf and a delightfully rich rosewood calf in our Hurstpierpoint shop so do call by if you’d like to view these or other Barker shoes.

  • Playboy chukka boots

    Sanders and Sanders of Northamptonshire are the only factory able to make the iconic suede chukka boots favoured by Steve McQueen. Known as the ‘King of Cool’ McQueen not only wore the ‘Playboy’ chukka boots in such classic films as The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt but also in his personal life.  These quite distinctive chukka boots featured a thick crepe sole and it is only Sanders and Sanders who have the original machinery and lasts to make this exact same boot. This family owned factory has been making shoes and boots of superb quality since 1873.

    Daniel Craig, the James Bond actor, has followed in Steve McQueen’s fashion footsteps by stocking up on the Sanders Hi Top chukka boots for his personal use and has sported a pair in the final scenes of SPECTRE.

    What better endorsement for a product can there be than being worn by America’s greatest style icon and Britain’s style ambassador, James Bond.

    Visit to view the full range of the Sanders Hi Top chukka boots.Sanders Hi Top lifestyle

  • Loake Kruger shoe

    Our Loake shoe of the week is the Loake Kruger shoe in tan calf.  This derby brogue is made on the very stylish Ridge last which provides a sufficiently extended and chisel toe without being too long.  We sell more shoes in this tan calf than any other colour as it works so well with blue denim and more formal navy trousers.

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    This Loake Kruger shoe is also available in black calf and burgundy calf, and all have the contrasting neutral sole edges which complements all three uppers so well. These shoes are traditionally goodyear welted so designed to be repaired again and again and crucially they are fully leather lined and have a good thick leather insole.  As you would expect from all Loake footwear these shoes are beautifully hand crafted and built to last and at £160 are superb value.

    The Loake Kruger shoe is available in half sizes from 6 to 11 and also sizes 12 and 13.  We maintain stocks in our Hurstpierpoint store in sizes 7 to 11 at all times so if you can make it here do pay us a visit and try a pair, you’ll love them

  • Bradshaw and Lloyd Chelsea boots

    With autumn on the horizon now may be the time to consider investing in some good Chelsea boots.  A well made Chelsea boot on an elegant last is always in fashion and with the good ankle support which they provide make them a delight to wear.

    All the good English shoemakers offer their version of the Chelsea but we are inevitably rather partial to our own collection which we think rivals all the well-known brands in terms of quality, fit and especially price.

    The Bradshaw & Lloyd Alnwick is made in the very finest French calf leather and being slightly lower cut up the ankle makes for a really elegant Chelsea when worn formally.  Our Hurst last provides an exceptionally elegant toe shape.Bradshaw & Lloyd Alnwick 1536B KPE Above Bradshaw & Lloyd Alnwick lifestyle 26.8.17

    For a higher cut Chelsea which can be worn for all occasions but especially when you just want to throw on your most comfortable items of footwear look at the Bradshaw & Lloyd Arundel in: chocolate brown waxy, tan waxy, black waxy and snuff suede. And also the Bradshaw & Lloyd Hever in black suede.

    In addition in December we are excited about the launch of the new Hever in dark brown suede with contrasting neutral leather soles.

    You can view all our stocked Chelsea boots at

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