Loake Shoes: In the Making

Ever wondered how a pair of the finest gentlemen’s shoes are made? We visited the Loake factory in Kettering to learn more about the art of shoemaking and bring you a glimpse of behind the scenes.

Set up in 1880 by the three Loake brothers – John, Thomas and William – the Loake association with fine, handmade shoes continues today with the fifth generation now involved in the family business. Built in 1894, the factory still remains in Kettering, England.

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The Art of Loake Shoemaking

The Goodyear welted construction for which Loake are now renowned is an intricate process used to create their shoes. Only the very highest quality materials are used and each pair takes eight weeks to make with over 240 processes and 130 skilled craftsmen involved. Here’s a brief overview of the shoe-making process from initial design to finished product:

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Alongside their English Goodyear welted footwear, Loake have continuously moved with the times, designing and producing a range of shoes (such as moccasins, boat shoes and chelsea boots) outside the UK using a variety of constructions, so they can offer their customer a complete wardrobe of shoes suitable for every occasion.

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