This premium range emulates the way we first manufactured our fine, handmade shoes more than 130 years ago, when our forefathers – John, Thomas and William Loake – opened the first Loake factory. Loake 1880 combines traditional bench–made shoemaking techniques with the highest quality materials we can source and a particular emphasis on more intricate, hand worked sole decoration compared to our mainline ranges. All the styles in this range are made in our famous Wood Street factory in Kettering, Northamptonshire, which has been in operation since 1894. This is a collection to which many shoemakers can only aspire. Loake 1880 shoes are examples of Goodyear Welted footwear at its finest.