The Loake shoe company , was founded in the 1880’s by three siblings Thomas, John and William Loake in their home town of Kettering, Northamptonshire.
The Loake brand is famous worldwide for producing high quality traditional designed shoes. It uses Goodyear welted soles in its shoe designs.
Throughout both World Wars the company continued on functioning no matter what. It provided the troops with reliable footwear to all of the British Forces both Army, navy and air force.
Loake has been making shoes since the 1880's however it only registered its brand name in 1945. Loake has produced 50 million shoes since its inception. Loake uses only the finest quality materials and leather when making its range of footwear. As much as eight to nine weeks of constant work can be required in making of each pair of shoes in order to give the best quality and perfect fit expected not only to the UK but to 50 other countries around the globe.
The skilled workforce work through the day and night to ensure the footwear produced are of extremely high quality and are both comfortable and well made and long lasting.
Loake aims to combine both traditional and classic looks whilst giving them a modern edge and using modern technology ensures that the high standards expected are maintained.
The high quality shoe making strategy has been maintained throughout the years. Shoes are still manufactured using proper care and attention to detail. Leather is used in sole making and upper part. The leather is shaped, cut, closed and then stitched and finally polishing before the shoe is ready to wear. Loake offers a wide variety of styles and colours and include the Bedale boot and shoes such as the Princeton, Chester, Brighton and Ashby.
Due to the fine craftsmanship involved, these shoes sell at premium prices but can last a lifetime and it is this longevity that is important to the Loake customer.