The art of the craft
A standard pair of Loake Goodyear Welted shoes is crafted by approximately 130 talented craftsmen. Up to 75 components and 200 different operations are involved to achieve this, and the process takes an average of 8 weeks.
Loake Shoemakers has its origins in Kettering, Northamptonshire, a region known for a long tradition among English shoe manufacturers. The Loake Company was founded in 1880 by three brothers, Thomas, John and William, and five generations later, it is still owned and run as a family business. With a history of over 130 years of production of high quality men's shoes, executed through complex manufacturing processes, the Loake brand has become especially known through the "Goodyear Welted" shoes, exported worldwide.
When tradition and performance meet passion, higher standards are born, and Loake is no exception.
Shoes with history
Loake Shoemakers still operates from the factory on Wood Street, Kettering, which opened in 1894.
Since production began, Loake has manufactured more than 50 million pairs of shoes.