If you’re only going to buy one pair of quality shoes then the Loake Aldwych is one we would thoroughly recommend. Like most shoemakers Loake use a number of different lasts shapes around which their shoes are made. The one used to determine the fit and shape of the Aldwych is the Capital last. This provides a very elegant, slightly tapered and chiselled toe whilst offer a good regular fit which is true to English sizing.
This shoe is from Loake’s premium 1880 collection so the quality is right up at the top of English shoemaking. Only premium grade full grain calf leather and suede uppers are used. These are traditionally goodyear welted (stitched) to the sole. Very sensibly the Loake Aldwych is available with either a leather sole or stud rubber sole. Purists tend to prefer a leather sole but there are considerable advantages to a rubber sole. These include enhanced wear and grip. Importantly Loake only use leather welts so whether you go for the rubber or leather option your shoe repairer will be able to re-sole eventually with ease.
The Loake Aldwych is available in the following full grain calf leather options: black, mahogany and dark brown. For a more casual look there is dark brown suede and also polo suede.
You can obtain all variants of the Loake Aldwych from either our store in Hurstpierpoint or online at www.bradshawandlloyd.com.