About us

Made in England

Tradition and service
to be proud of.

Manufacturers of traditional and contemporary Goodyear welted footwear since the 1880s, with one simple philosophy; affordable luxury, for all.


We are traditional English shoemakers with a long family history in Goodyear welted shoes.

Our Factory Shop

Our first ever factory shop is now open in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

You can find us in the Three Manors retail park off of Rockingham Road, easily accessible from the A508, A6 and A427 or a 5-minute walk from Market Harborough train station.

The Factory shop stocks ‘factory seconds’ from across all our ranges. Due to the variation in fault, ‘factory seconds’ will not be available from this website. To purchase these they will only be in-store.

Both men’s and ladies’ styles are available in a wide range of sizes, from size 3 up to size 13.

End-of-line perfects at discounted prices are also available, please note that current season styles will not be available. These can be purchased from loake.co.uk or via our Loake stores or wholesale stockists. If you are looking for specific styles or sizes, please call ahead to ensure we have stock available to avoid disappointment.

Please note that we have more styles in stock in-store than listed online.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday (9.30am – 6pm)
Sunday (10am to 4pm)

Just ‘popped in’ and ended up purchasing a beautiful pair of boots. You truly have a fantastic range on offer. I will be returning soon...

- Factory Shop reviewer on Instagram

The history of our family business.

The Loake family has been making traditional English shoes for longer than anyone can remember. John, Thomas and William Loake opened the first Loake factory back in 1880. Today, five generations and more than 130 years later, the Loake association with fine, handmade shoes lives on.

As the current custodians of Loake, we are immensely proud of the commitment of our forefathers and the tradition they worked so hard to establish. For this reason, our premium grade Goodyear welted shoes continue to be made in Kettering, England, in the same factory that the three brothers built in 1894.

The Goodyear welted construction for which Loake is renowned is an intricate process with origins going back over 300 years. Only the very highest quality materials are used. Each pair takes eight weeks to make and we still believe there is no finer way to make a gentleman’s shoe.

Of course, things move on. Alongside our English Goodyear welted footwear, we now design and produce a range of shoes outside the UK, using a variety of constructions. This enables us to offer a complete wardrobe of shoes suitable for every occasion.

We estimate Loake has made over 50 million pairs of Goodyear welted shoes since it began. We now export to more than 50 countries and have become a favourite with discerning customers worldwide. Our aim is to uphold this tradition and continue making the most handsome, comfortable and durable shoes we can.