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How the Loake 1880 Legacy was born

After 40 years in a family business, I am still encouraged by how the skills and knowledge built up over the generations remain relevant today. Many of the traditional techniques that we have used for decades are yet to be surpassed and we continue to use them to produce new shoes and ranges every year. But each generation learns from the past, adding its own refinements and improvements before passing on the legacy to the next.

This premium range reflects the way we made our fine, handmade shoes when my great-grandfather and his brothers opened the first Loake factory in 1880. Today, they are made in the factory that the brothers established in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1894.

The collection combines traditional shoemaking techniques with the highest quality materials that we can source. It takes a long time to make shoes of this grade, but it’s worth it for the intricate detail and hand-finishing that sets them apart from others.

Our intention is to show English shoemaking at its finest and we believe this is a collection to which many shoemakers can only aspire.

Look great, all day

Made from the finest quality calf leathers and suedes

Expertly engineered last shapes for enhanced comfort

Vegetable tanned linings to keep the foot cooler

Designed to look great in both formal and semi-formal situations, every shoe in the collection uses the finest quality materials and incorporates new functional features to impart high levels of comfort and durability in wear, for effortless transitions between work and play; weekday and weekend.

In addition to the superb aesthetic that using top quality leather brings, the use of the vegetable tanned-linings throughout the range assures a greater level of moisture absorption. This keeps the foot cooler and allows the shoes to be worn all day without discomfort.

The collection utilises two lasts, the ‘River’ and the new ‘Bullet’. Both of these lasts are designed to give a pleasing and contemporary look to the shoes, while at the same time giving width and depth where it is most needed, and increased arch-support for enhanced comfort throughout the day. This means you’ll be more than ready for any last-minute lunch meetings or after-work social events that come your way.

Available online, in store and from participating stockists from the 20th September.