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About The Leather We Use

In an earlier article, we wrote about leather and why it’s such a good material for shoemaking. It covered the history of leather, from prehistoric times when early man used animal... [...]

FIVE OF THE BEST:
VERSATILE STYLES

The past twenty years have witnessed a seismic shift in menswear and a blurring of the lines between formal, smart and casual dress codes. And nowhere is this more evident than... [...]

WHY DO WE USE LEATHER?

What is it about leather that’s so special?  When we talk about fine leather footwear, it’s usually obvious that we’re talking about something that’s inherently desirable, but what is it about... [...]

What should the well-shod gentleman be wearing when the temperature heats up? Despite the seasonal invasion of a plethora of unflattering, open toe styles, you’ll be pleased to know that you... [...]

FIVE OF THE BEST: GROOM’S SHOES

When it comes to wedding day attire, grooms have stepped up the style stakes in recent years. A pair of fine standout shoes are now the finishing touch to the groom’s... [...]

We Are Loake: Adam Ficek

We consider ourselves privileged to have so many loyal fans and to be able to share their experiences with other members of our extended Loake ‘family’. When longstanding Loake wearer Adam... [...]

Five of the Best:
Brogue Boots

For several hundreds of years, both brogues and the majority of boot styles were restricted to country and outdoor wear – brogues having originated in the boggy terrains of Scotland and... [...]

Five of the Best:
Derby Shoes

A Derby (sometimes referred to as a Gibson or an ‘Open Front’) is a lace-up shoe where the eyelet facings are stitched on top of the vamp (front section of the... [...]