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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you the simple repair instruction sheet.