Loake Shoemakers

  • Opening Times:
  • Mon-Fri - 9.30am-5.30pm
    Saturday - 9am-6pm
    Sunday - 11am-5pm


Started by three brothers John, William and Thomas, the Loake family business has been making traditional shoes in Northamptonshire, England since 1880. Today, 140 years later, our legacy as manufacturers of fine footwear lives on.

The famous Goodyear construction for which we are known is a traditional and intricate process, with origins that can be traced back over 300 years. A pair of Loake Goodyear welted shoes takes eight weeks to produce. Some 130 skilled craftspeople, up to 75 shoe parts and 200 different operations are involved. Only the very highest quality materials are used, and we estimate that over 50 million pairs of Loake  oodyear welted shoes have been produced since we began.

Loake is a truly authentic British brand, having made footwear for British soldiers and officers in two World Wars. We've also produced some iconic designs that have become synonymous with British youth culture, such as our Brighton loafer and Royal brogue, which were first introduced in the 70s and are still in production today.

Despite our notable heritage however, we like to think that Loake is very much a forward-looking company. The range of footwear on offer has been extended to include alternative constructions and a choice of both classic and contemporary designs. We also place a special emphasis on fit and have developed our own unique comfort technology. Our in-store teams are specially trained to provide the very best fit and style guidance for each and every occasion.

Our aim is simply to make the most handsome, comfortable and durable shoes for every day and those special occasions.

Loake Shoemakers: Creating Icons Since 1880

9, The Exchange

0115 807 7698