LOAKE – CASUAL VS CLASSIC

To be sartorial usually comes with negative connotations of being old school or boring. And in this day and age where the rulebook of men’s style is getting slimmer and slimmer, due to change in social normality and to put it quite simply there’s just too many new menswear brands competing in what once was a niche but necessary industry. As far as footwear is concerned, although there’s lots of newer brands creating classics with a contemporary twist, there’s nothing like the originals. Brands that have been around for hundreds of years, surviving on the reputation of providing amazingly artisanal and handmade footwear but always keeping with the times. One of these brands is Loake.

Have a look at what we’ve come up with as we team up with David Evans of  Grey Fox (a site dedicated to fashion and menswear for the older man), styling our favourites from Loake’s current collection. I’ve chosen a pair of Dawson Burgundy Hi-Shine Brogues with contrasting goodyear-welted tan leather soles from the Design collection, which is a modern take on a classic style. It features larger brogue design details on a F fitting last that is slightly wider at the toes. For those that have wider feet this is an extremely comfortable shape.

David goes for the Perth derby; in a beautiful tan suede to go with his contrasting navy cords. Those who know him, he’s almost always wearing a blazer so his choice of grey tweed is most definitely weather-friendly. It goes to show that you don’t have to match head to toe for a well-organised and sophisticated look for both casual and formal occasions.

If you’re wanting for something to last and stand the test of time (and we’re not talking about finding the perfect lady here), investing in some beautifully handcrafted Loake shoes can really make a difference in both style and comfort.

 

Dress with confidence,

John

 

LOOK 1: Striped shirt & Overshirt by Scotch & Soda, Corduroy Tommy pants by Realm + Empire, Gambler Fedora by Laird London, Socks by Uniqlo, Canvas Strap watch by Ben Sherman and Dawson Burgundy Brogues by Loake.

LOOK 2: Corduroy Artisan Overshirt & Tommy Pants by Realm + Empire, Flat cap by Oliver Sweeney, Backpack by Barbour and Dawson Burgundy Brogues by Loake.

 

Besides the Perth Tan Suede Derby shoes that David is wearing, find out more over on his blog www.greyfoxblog.com

You can also follow Loake on Facebook for more sartorial goodness!

 

Photography by Jack Johnstone

Words by John Jarrett

Modelled by David Evans & John Jarrett