Compared to what? Which Loakes have you had?I am not a big fan........ I don't think the quality is that great.
The 771s area are a great shoe. They are built on the 3625 last and are the closest thing around that is reminiscent of what was once popularly known as a 'Como' during the latter mod days in Britain. It's a shame that they are only available in 'polished' finishes though. An unpolished calf that could take a natural high shine, as all Loakes seem to do most splendidly, as others have pointed out, would be nice.Considering shoes are for walking on dirty streets and will get dirty i dont think people should get too precious about shoes.
As far as im concerned Loakes are great shoes. Ive got a pair of 771b shoes. I dont even think they are Loakes best.....1880's are arent they? But my 771b are excellent and comfortable out of the box. I sometimes dont want to wear them in case of ruining them and getting them dirty.
People should try mentioning the style of their 1880's to give me tips on what to buy. Ive mentioned mine are 771b
I think we need to be more specific than this and compare like with like. Most shoe manufacturers have ranges and Loake and Barker are no exception. From what I can gauge, from owning Loake 1880s and closely inspecting Barker's Hand- Crafted collection, Loake have the edge on price and possibly on quality. With regard to that, however, the proof of the pudding really has to be in extended wearing.If you want a pair just for general wear, but even then I would say only at sale price - as Barkers are cheaper but a better shoe.