Andrew Loake


There’s an inherent problem with long-established businesses, particularly with those that have been owned and run by the same family for generations. The irony is that this problem arises from the... [...]

It was a tremendous pleasure for Loake to work with Paul Costelloe for the exclusive unveiling of his Spring/Summer 2018 collections at London Fashion Week. Loake shoes were chosen to complement... [...]

We are Loake

ANDREW LOAKE SPENDS FIVE MINUTES WITH…  It’s something of a cliché to say that a business is defined by its people – and, although I have a dislike of clichés, they usually... [...]

We Are Loake

For a little while now at Loake we have talked about the extended Loake ‘family’, a phrase first prompted by the wonderful interaction we receive on our Facebook page. To be... [...]

How to Polish Fine Leather Shoes

We get a surprising number of questions about what is the best way to polish leather shoes. There are, of course, many different ways of doing this. Most companies will base... [...]

Fire at Wood Street

In 1929, Loake’s Wood Street factory caught fire. The results were devastating. Despite the extensive damage, however, production resumed within a week. Here Andrew Loake recounts his father’s memories of the... [...]

In response to growing consumer interest in the provenance of the products they buy, Andrew Loake gives a frank and honest account of Loake's position on the "country of origin" question.... [...]

Welcome to the new Loake blog

Welcome to the updated Loake blog. Over the coming weeks and months, various contributors will share their expertise and views. For example, we’ve already posted an explanation of the Goodyear Welted... [...]