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What English shoe brand do you prefer?

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I wanted to get members opinions on what is their favorite english brand of shoes are. One could also say what english brand of shoes do you buy the most of.

I ask because I was on pediwear and really have no clue about the shoes they carry as far as being goodyear welted, good price to quality ratio, etc. There was quite a few shoes I like from Loake, Trickers, CJ, Grenson, and Alfred Sargent shoes. All shoes were in their top "line"
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I would assume that each of us has a variety of factors that would contribute to how we regard various shoemakers and the footwear they craft: fit, last shape, style, construction, materials, finishes, variety, accessibility, price, customer service, and so on. Here is jcusey's classic thread on ready-to-wear shoemakers, which provides a rather comprehensive overview of the subject.
My understanding is that sells Crockett & Jones, Tricker's, Alfred Sargent, Loake, Grenson, Barker, and Cheaney among others. That pretty well spans the range of English shoemakers (the two obvious exceptions are the missing John Lobb and Edward Green). The value/quality equation is really one of personal preference...though the strength of the dollar against the British pound has made some British shoes a better value than they had previously been for US customers.
Of course, Lobbs (St. James's) is only bespoke footwear.
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