Bradshaw and Lloyd Fine Shoe Blog

  • Loake womens

    Loakes have been making quality men’s shoes in Northamptonshire since 1880 and continue to do so under the present leadership of Andrew Loake.  However it is a lesser known fact that a very fine, if limited, range of Loake womens boots complements their very extensive men’s range.

    These Loake womens boots are made with the very same goodyear welted construction and the same attention to details and leathers as the men’s boots but on a fashionably elegant last.  The Chatterley Chelsea boot is made on the Rider last and is available in brown waxy leather, black calf and brown suede:

    The best selling Loake Chatterley Chelsea boot The best selling Loake Chatterley Chelsea boot

    The Anne 6 eyelet brogue ankle boot is made on last 97 in a sublime tan burnished calf:Loake Anne tan

    In the pipeline is the Loake Godiva strap ankle boot which will be available in both black calf and brown waxy leather for autumn 2018.

    These three Loake womens boots are made in half sizes from UK size 3 to 8 in a regular F width fitting so suit most women’s feet.  However as with all goodyear welted/stitched boots they do take just a little wearing in.  However it is well worthwhile as they will prove to be superbly comfortable and offer great support and comfort.  And as with all goodyear welted footwear Loake womens boots are fully repairable and are built to last.

    We stock all Loake womens boots in the Bradshaw and Lloyd shop in Hurstpierpoint or you can order them online at bradshawandlloyd.com for immediate despatch.

  • Loake 1880

     

    The Loake 1880 collection is Loake’s premium range of shoes and boots.  These are all made in their Wood Street factory in Kettering, Northamptonshire and compete with very much more expensive brands in terms of materials, craftsmanship.  At BradshawandLloyd.com we are proud to offer the entire range of Loake 1880 footwear whilst our Hurstpierpoint high street store stocks more shoes from this collection than any other high street store outside central London.  As you would expect we stock the styles in half size increments.loake 1880 logo high res- 2012 cmyk

    Most Loake 1880 shoes are made on the Capital last which in our opinion provides the perfect shape for a city shoe. It provides a fashionably shaped toe without being too long or pointy.  Essentially for online orders the Loake 1880 collection provide a regular fit so you can be confident that they will suit should you order your usual UK size.  Loake totally understand the importance of this when ordering online.  All these shoes and boots are fully leather lined with leather insoles. On some styles there is an option of either a traditional leather sole or a harder wearing Dainite rubber sole.  Both have their attributes but essentially both are attached to a leather welt using the traditional goodyear welted method.

    Inevitably we have our favourite styles from the Loake 1880 collection and here we happen to coincide with what Loake reckon is one of their very best selling styles: the Aldwych toecap Oxford.  The Aldwych is available in black calf, tan burnished calf and dark brown burnished calf.  If you are able to do pop by our Hurstpierpoint store just outside Brighton where you will be sure to find something irresistible.Loake Aldwych mahogany new copy

     

  • Quality mens shoe shop in Sussex

    Finding a traditional mens shoe shop is no easy task these days with so many having closed over the last few decades.  There is of course plenty of choice in London’s Jermyn Street but these shops tend to offer just styles from the more expensive end of the manufacturer’s full range.  In this one street you can certainly view shoes from Churches, Crockett and Jones, Barker, Cheaney, Trickers, Loake, New and Lingwood and Lobb.  However shoes in the shop windows do not tend to be price marked.  The thinking is of course that if you need to ask the price then you probably won’t be able to afford them.Claire Goldsmith150416-0123-v4 reduced

    However a solution is at hand if you happen to live or work in the south east.  Bang in the centre of Sussex, just off the M23 outside Brighton is the stunningly beautiful village of Hurstpierpoint, which can trace its origins back a thousand years or more.  In the middle of this village is our traditional mens shoe shop specializing in footwear from the very well know quality brands of Loake, Barker, Sanders, Trickers and Sebago.  We also offer our own exclusive range of Chelsea boots and chukka boots which we proudly believe are the finest on the market, and are made entirely in England.

    We stock styles in half sizes and a very comprehensive range of styles to suit most pockets. So don’t feel that you have to spend an exhaustive journey to London or worse still feel that you have to downgrade your shoe wardrobe by choosing from the big high street chains.  Instead drop by our Hurstpierpoint store – the finest mens shoe shop in Sussex, www.bradshawandlloyd.com.

  • Loake sale

    At bradshawandlloyd.com we stock a comprehensive range of Loake sale shoes and boots.  These are not seconds but are all in pristine condition only having recently been discontinued by Loakes.  As with all our non sale shoes we provide a next day delivery service for free throughout the UK and charge just £10 for delivery throughout Europe.  And should you need to return a pair as not required we provide a Freepost return service from your local Post Office within the UK.Loake sale logo new

    Because Loake are continually bringing out exciting new styles of shoes and boots each season you will find that the range of Loake sale footwear which we have on offer is both extensive and remarkably good value.  Of course we cannot guarantee that we will have your size in stock in the style which you like but just keep an eye on our list of Loake sale shoes as it is always changing and something irresistible might just come along soon.

  • Sebago

    As the largest retailer of Sebago shoes in the UK we offer a truly comprehensive range of their styles from the Sebago Dockside to the Classic Sebago penny loafer in an extraordinary range of colour options.  With better weather now upon us now is the time to consider ones summer footwear wardrobe perhaps!

    The Sebago Dockside is the perfect deckshoe. The Sebago Dockside is the perfect deckshoe.

    Since Sebago was initially established on Lake Sebago in the US in the 1940s this brand has continued to represent the finest deck shoes in terms of quality of construction, materials and styling. Loyalty to this brand stems largely from the longevity of the shoes and to their superb comfort.  Designed with the serious sailor in mind the Sebago Dockside, Clovehitch and Triton Three Eye deckshoes are constructed to withstand the most demanding conditions both at sea and on land.

    We stock Sebago shoes in half sizes from UK size 7 right through to UK size 14 in some styles.  If you can get down to our Hurstpierpoint shop on the outskirts of Brighton you will be impressed with the array of Sebago styles on display.  Alternatively our entire range is available from www.bradshawandlloyd.com.

     

  • Loake repairs in central London

    When it comes to doing Loake repairs there are a couple of options:

    Use Loake’s Freepost returns service and have the factory re-make the shoes or boots with a complete new sole and heel unit.  Your Loake repairs will be returned to you in a couple of week’s with fresh new seat socks and re- boxed, looking almost like new.  This service will cost you a very reasonable £85.00.

    Alternatively you could use a local cobbler for your Loake repairs.  But do be careful since re-soling traditionally goodyear welted footwear requires a skilled craftsman and quality materials.  Your local heel bar will certainly offer to repair your Loake shoes but I’d suggest you use someone who has been recommended.  There are all sorts of shortcuts which can be made in order to perform a cheaper repair which can damage a shoe and alter the fit.  Especially do not be persuaded to have the complete sole unit replaced as only Loake are able to use the original lasts on which the shoes are made.  Any other last can alter the fit.  We would always recommend a half sole and re-heel.  This is less invasive and done properly is better for the fit and longevity of the shoes.

    An alternative option for your Loake repairs is to make use of the Bradshaw & Lloyd shoe repair service.  We offer a free daily courier collection and return service throughout central London.  We charge £58.00 for a first class half sole and heel repair, using only the finest materials, and you will normally receive your repaired shoes back within 5 days of collection.  Just send an email to repairs@radshawandlloyd.com and we can send you the simple repair instruction sheet.Repairs

  • Loake 1880

    The Loake 1880 collection is Loake’s premium collection of handcrafted men’s leather footwear made in their Wood Street factory in Kettering, Northamptonshire.  A number of different lasts are used in their manufacture, depending upon the style of shoe, but the vast majority of the city weight Loake 1880 styles are made on the Loake Capital last.  We love this shape as it has just the right chiselled toe without being too long.

    loake 1880 logo high res- 2012 cmyk

    The entire range of Loake 1880 shoes and boots have traditionally Goodyear welted soles.  As you would expect most are leather soled but a growing number do have Dainite rubber stud soles.  These can be repaired in exactly the same way as leather soled footwear but will last rather longer and have the benefit of better grip.  Having had the wettest winter that I can remember for many years this type of sole really does make sense.  The fact that the welts are leather and the Dainite rubber soles are no thicker than a regular leather sole means that from above these rubber soled shoes look just the same as those with leather soles.

    Loake Buckingham brown

    To view the entire range of Loake 1880 styles visit bradshawandlloyd.com or pop over to our Hurstpierpoint store where we stock a comprehensive range in half size increments.

  • Our choice of shoe for the summer, the Barker William:

    All being well the worst of the winter weather is behind us and thoughts are turning towards summer holidays.  With this in mind it may be time to address the summer wardrobe and what to wear on one’s feet?  You don’t want to take more baggage than you have to when travelling so how about a shoe that you can wear with or without socks, can be worn with shorts and is also smart enough for evening wear?:  The Barker William loafer.Barker William navy suede and cedar.

    We think that the Barker William loafer really does cut the mustard in terms of its styling, comfort and quality.  It’s a true moccasin so nice and flexible and fully repairable by any competent cobbler.  Also it’s made on the popular 465 Barker last.  The shoe is now available in five colour/leather options: cedar calf, navy suede, chocolate suede, dark navy suede and camel suede.  Therefore something to suit just about everyone, especially as it’s available in half sizes from 6 right through to 12.

    We stock most of the colour options of the Barker William loafer in the Bradshaw & Lloyd shop in Hurstpierpoint so do drop by and try a pair on.  We think you will be impressed.

  • Shoe care - shoe trees

    To help maintain your Loake, Barker, Trickers, Sanders and Bradshaw & Lloyd footwear in tip top condition we include a free pair of cedar wood shoe trees with most styles.  Trees are important as they not only help maintain the shape of the shoe or boot but cedar wood trees in particular will absorb moisture from the linings overnight.  This is very important as damp leather wears through much quicker than leather which has dried out well.SHOE TREES Classic cedar - Euroleather

    Try to get into the habit of inserting the trees into the shoes the moment that you take them off.  However if the shoes have become saturated in a heavy downfall then initially stuff some newspaper inside the shoes. This will absorb the excess of water before inserting the trees.  Never place leather shoes near a heat source such as a radiator as this can do irreparable damage to the leather’s fibres.  Leather likes to dry out slowly and at room temperature.

  • Playboy boot

    The Playboy boot as worn by Steve McQueen in the 1960’s is as popular as ever and still made with the same tools as it was during the swinging sixties.  Better known within the shoe industry as the HiTop boot the boot is exclusively made by Sanders and Sanders in Rushden, Northamptonshire. Sanders Hi Top lifestyle

    The boot came to the public’s attention when Daniel Craig sported a pair of Playboy boots when James Bond in SPECTRE and demand went silly.

    Sanders produce the Playboy boot in various suedes but the most popular for us is the snuff suede.  Also available are: blue suede, dark brown suede, dirty buck, black suede, grey suede and anthracite suede.  So a suede to suit most outfits.

    Check out all the colour options of the Playboy boot at bradshawandlloyd.com where we offer a full range of sizes from 6 through to 12 in half size increments.

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