One of the finest entry level luxury shoes in my collections. Loake Brothers Ltd is a British shoemaker since 1880, family owned and still located in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Northamptonshire, is the centre, rather capital of British shoemaking industry. During 1894, the company expanded its factory to wood street, where it is still located.
Loake specialises in men’s traditionally crafted handmade Goodyear-welted shoes. Construction of some styles involved using 130 skilled workers, up to 75 shoe parts and over 200 different operations and can take around 8 weeks to make from start to finish. While the high end shoes are crafted in England, a factory in India also makes Loake shoes to compete with the entry level brands.
There are very few collections of Goodyear-welted shoes in the market today, unless, we go Bespoke (made to order / exclusively made). Goodyear-welted shoes are the finest durable shoes and are designed to last long. Being an Indian born, and working with a goal to drive products MADE IN EUROPE and even MADE IN INDIA, are the prime reasons I start my collections with LOAKE shoes. Because, Loake seems to share with my gaols.