Bradshaw and Lloyd Fine Shoe Blog

  • Barker womens boots

    Still looking for that perfect Christmas present for your wife or girlfriend? We stock a huge range of beautifully designed and crafted Barker womens boots.  Their Chelsea boots in particular are totally gorgeous and since they can be worn with so many different outfits are sure to please.   We stock one of the largest collections of Barker womens boots in the south east so do pop into our Hurstpierpoint store or visit www.bradshawandlloyd.com where we offer free delivery throughout the UK. We particularly like the Barker Violet which is available in: cedar calf, navy suede, castagnia suede, black calf and walnut calf.

    Barker womens boots are traditionally goodyear welted, ie made just like their men’s boots so will prove extraordinarily comfortable and of course are designed to be re-soled time and again.  Barker only use the finest leathers and suedes for their boots.

    At Bradshaw & Lloyd we have a 60 days returns policy.  If on opening on Christmas day they are not found to be quite right then you can simply return them via our Freepost returns service for an exchange of size or full refund.  But do please ensure they are tried on a carpet.   Our final posting day to ensure pre-Christmas delivery for your Barker womens boots is Thursday 20th December.

  • Does the Loake driving shoe make the perfect slipper?

    Are you looking for that perfect pair of slippers for the man in your life?  There are of course all the traditional furry and possibly rather tasteless slippers on the market but why should he have to compromise on style simply because he won’t be wearing his slippers out and about!  So we have identified some of the Loake brand of driving shoe as a stylish looking slipper which can be worn out whilst ticking all the requirements of a slipper in being soft, flexible and cosy.

    The core Loake slipper for the 2018/19 season is the Donington driving shoe which is available in the upper options of navy suede, tan suede and light blue suede.   With their stud rubber soles attached to the sock-like moccasin upper it is ok to pop outside in damp weather but we wouldn’t recommend this when the heavens open.

    In addition to the Loake Donington at www.bradshawandlloyd.com we also have good stocks of the Loake Herbert and Thruxton driving shoes in our Loake sale.

  • Dainite

    Dainite rubber soles are used by most English footwear manufacturers.  The brand got its name during World War I when the factory worked day and night to keep up with demand for more waterproof footwear for the battlefields of northern France.   These natural rubber soles have hardly changed in 100 years.  They are the same thickness as a leather sole and can be stitched to a leather welt and from above they look no different from leather soled footwear.  But the great benefit of Dainite rubber is their durability, improved grip and the fact that however thin they wear they will continue to prevent water from getting through.DANITE RUBBER SOLE

    When your Dainite rubber soles eventually do wear through you can either return them to the factory in Northamptonshire where they will replace the entire sole and heel unit or you can take them to a good local shoe repairer.  If you go for the latter option do ensure they will be doing a goodyear welted repair and stitch to the welts.   We would always suggest that they do a half sole rather than replacing the entire sole unit.  This is because only the factory has the original lasts on which the shoes were made and using their lasts can mean that the shoe can lose shape.

    We offer a full repair service for our customer who work in central London where we provide a free collection and return service from your place of work.  Our price for a half Dainite rubber sole and re-heel is £58.  Visit www.bradshawandlloyd.com for further details of our shoe repair service.

  • Trickers slipper

    The Trickers slipper, the Churchill, in black velvet is not just a slipper.  This shoe is made to the exemplary standard as you would expect from one of Northampton’s oldest shoemakers, RE Tricker was established in 1829.  Most other well known English shoemakers didn’t appear on the scene for another half century until the 1880s.  Most slippers look like slippers whereas the Trickers slipper can double as a stylish shoe which can be worn outside the home.  This shoe has a durable leather sole, proper heel and is fully leather lined.Trickers CHURCHILL SLIPPER BLACK VELVET

    At Bradshaw & Lloyd we stock the black velvet Trickers slipper in all half sizes.  It is worth noting that the shoe is fitted a half size smaller than regular English shoes.  Both RE Ticker and we would therefore recommend that you take a half size larger than you would normally take in English shoes, ie should you usually take a UK size 8 then order an 8.5 in the Trickers slipper.  We provide a free and simple returns policy so should you need to return these slippers for any reason within the UK it won’t cost you a penny.  Do visit www.bradshawandlloyd.com to view these fine slippers in detail.

  • Loake Godiva womens jodhpur boot

    Loake Godiva boot - Loake boots for women have been proving hugely popular for a number of years now and none more so than the Loake Chatterley and now we are extremely pleased to announce the re-launch of the Loake Godiva.  It was a great disappointment to many of us when Loake decided to drop this style around five years ago.  However it’s now back in both black and brown premium grade suedes.

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    The Loake Godiva is made on the same Rider last as the perennial Loake Chatterley Chelsea and the strap and buckle of the Godiva complements the shape of this boot superbly.  The boot is entirely leather lined as you would expect from a premium Loake product but has Goodyear welted stud rubber soles for enhanced wear and grip.  These rubber soles are no thicker than a regular leather sole and since they are stitched onto a leather welt appear just like leather soles from above and therefore retain their stylish elegance.

    We are able to offer our customers the Loake Godiva jodhpur boot in both black and brown suede in all half sizes from 3 to 8 to suit just about all women’s feet.  Do visit the Bradshaw & Lloyd store in Hurstpierpoint where you are welcome to try some for size.  Alternatively there is always bradshawandlloyd.com where we provide a free delivery and returns service throughout the UK.

  • Barker Violet Chelsea boot

    The stunning womens Barker Violet Chelsea boot is now available in six options.  This traditionally goodyear welted boot has a raised heel and elegant toe shape along with a stunning array of calf leather and suede options making it a true fashion item whilst beautifully hand crafted – in England.  The use of the finest materials and construction techniques means this boot will become best friends and attract numerous admiring glances.Barker Violet cedar lifestyle Barker Violet snuff suede lifestyle crop 1

    At Bradshaw & Lloyd we are pleased to offer the Barker Violet boot in all its guises along with free deliver and free returns if necessary throughout the UK.  The boot is available in half sizes from 3 through to 8 and we include a fine leather shoe care kit to help maintain your footwear collection in tip top condition.  If you have never had a pair of traditionally goodyear welted boots before then there is no better place to start than with the Barker Violet.

    In our Sussex store we stock a good range of womens Barker shoes and boots.  Being a boot specialist we have a particularly good selection of the Barker Violet Chelsea boot.

  • Loake Fleet

    We love the new Loake Fleet punch capped Oxford in dark brown suede leather.  Too many brown suedes are just a little too light and with these Loake have got the dark brown suede spot on, it’s so dark in some lights it can look almost black.  The shoe is in the Loake 1880 collection so is made to their very highest standard with goodyear welted rubber soles and with a full premium leather lining and substantial leather insoles.  Made on the Loake Capital last the shoe is a good regular fit and the popular last provides a stylish toe shape without being cut too long.Loake lifestyle Fleet_BrownSuede cropped

    The Loake Fleet is available in half sizes from 6 through to 11 plus sizes 12 and 13.  At £210 including free delivery throughout the UK and either a free pair of cedar shoe trees or our premium shoe care kit the Loake Fleet is a great price.  Log into bradshawandlloyd.com to view this super shoe along with its variants in black and dark brown calf leather.

  • Loake Chatterley boot

    The Loake Chatterley is the perfect boot for women of all ages looking for a stylish, well made, durable, non slip and well insulated Chelsea.  With the colder months ahead this boot is a must for every woman’s wardrobe. Loake Chatterley lifestyle

    The Loake Chatterley is available in a number of different suedes and leathers to meet all occasions.  The new stone suede version is proving extremely popular so don’t miss out from this season’s stock. The boot is available in half sizes from 4 through to 8 and is a regular medium wide fitting.

    As with almost all Loake footwear the Loake Chatterley has a goodyear welted construction.  To those unfamiliar with this technique, which is undeniably the best method of boot and shoe construction, it essentially mean the boot will provide a super fit, won’t lose its shape and can be re-soled numerous times.

    At Bradshaw & Lloyd we offer all the colour combinations of the Loake Chatterley which presently include: stone suede, dark brown suede, black suede, brown waxy leather, brown suede and black calf.  At a price of £170, which includes our premium quality shoe care kit and free postage throughout the UK, the Loake Chatterley is a must have this season.

  • The Loake Gable is our shoe of the month

    Although the Loake Gable isn’t a new member of the ever expanding range of instock Loake shoes it is certainly one of our favourites and certainly deserves the title of shoe of the month.  The shoe is made on the Loake Claridge last which provides a really stylish shape to an otherwise very simple design.  Some plain Gibson shoes can look a little orthopaedic but not the Loake Gable.  This shoe is a design classic without being overstated.

    The shoe ticks all the boxes in terms of quality without being beyond the means of most men looking for quality.  It has a full grain calf leather upper, is fully leather lined with a leather insole and has traditionally goodyear welted durable stud rubber Dainite soles stitched to a leather welt.  You really can’t ask for much more.

    With winter approaching the rubber sole is a good idea with improved grip on the pavement and the extra durability which you’d expect from Dainite.  The Loake Gable is available in both black calf and a rich dark brown calf.  At just £200 along with your free pair of shoe trees or deluxe shoe care kit the Loake Gable is an absolute must for the discerning gentleman.  We stock all sizes in both colours at Bradshaw & Lloyd.Loake Gable group

  • Half sole repair versus a full sole repair

    It is universally acknowledged among those who are familiar with the different methods of shoe construction that Goodyear welting is by far and away the best method. However when it comes to repairing Goodyear welted shoes which is preferable: the half sole repair versus the full sole repair?Repairing Loakes shoes

    If you pose this question to the manufacturer such as Loake, Church, Crockett & Jones and Barker they will always recommend returning the shoes to them where they can carry out a full sole replacement and they will certainly do a very good job.  However only they have the original lasts on which the shoes were originally made and can therefore ensure that they will come back to you fitting and looking the same as they were when new.  Should you however approach your local and perfectly competent shoe repairer he can also carry out the same long sole repair but he will not have the original lasts.  The result being that when you receive the shoes back they may well feel slightly different and their shape may also have changed slightly.

    The main advantage therefore of the half sole repair is that it is far less invasive and does not require use of the original last to be sure of retaining the original look and fit.  You should therefore never allow your local repairer to carry out a long sole and heel replacement.  The other advantages of a half sole repair is that it is cheaper and since it will be your local repairer doing the job you shouldn’t lose the shoes for long.

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