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.
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.
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.