- Feb 3, 2011
The GW's I have I bought them in the early 1980's. They are an extremely durable shoe, with only the leather sole and heel needing replacing perhaps every 18 months or so.Very good, that is some testimony to their durability. There does not seem to be any shoemakers here anymore apart from Dubarry and I am not at all sure they make their shoes here anymore instead sourcing from elsewhere.
I used to wear decent shoes when younger but got into useless fall apart "fashion" items....have copped on now and only buy what I believe will last....Loakes are the best available to me where I am and so far have yet to wear a pair out.....heels and soles yes Way cheaper footwear and way more comfortable....and I am a walker
In terms for value for money, they have repaid me 100 fold since. A couple of tips : one is to ensure that they are regularly polished and cleaned. When you get the soles/heels replaced on first use only do so in dry weather.
If I remember the price I paid for them, I think I paid £40.00 (Irish pounds) per pair for them. That's translates to €45.00 per pair.
30+ plus years later they're as good as new!