: burgundy double-monk vs burgundy double-monk
First of all, no, they are NOT the same.
So, what differences are there and what does a few extra pence get you?
First of all, the two shoes have a very different shape to them. The Loake Cannon, on the Capital last is noticeably wider behind the ball of the foot, leading to a narrower waist and heel. This gives the shoe a much better fit for me despite both being the same size. You can also see that the toe box is more tapered and less square.
From the top, you can see that the buckles are further down the side on the Loake but both share the asymmetric straps. The Alfred Sargent has bigger buckles.
On the side you can see that the heel/quarter begins where the heel is on the Loake. This is a nice touch creating a sense of deliberate continuity in the lines of the shoe (regardless of whether it is deliberate or not). You can also see the double-stitching vs the two single-stitching.
The biggest difference is in the sole. The Alfred Sargent has a closed channel (best I've seen in its price range), oak bark tanned sole that has a slightly rolled waist and bevelled sole edges. The Loake has open stitching and a plain flat sole. However, despite the fewer details, the finish of the Loake sole is top notch. The inside of heel block is finished better than some of my more expensive shoes and the sole edging is pretty much perfect. The welt join could be a bit neater but is comparable to more expensive shoes.
What I like most is the rubber on the heel that Loake uses. I'm pretty hard on my heels and the wider rubber here definitely suits me better.
Aside from the larger, chunkier and more square buckles, the straps are also quite a bit thicker. Alternatively, you could say that I find the Loake straps to be a bit too thin and fragile feeling.
Finally, the welt stitch on the Loake are set wider and at a slight angle, compared to the narrower and straight stitch on the Alfred Sargent.
The Loake Cannon is a fine shoe at a very reasonable price.
The Alfred Sarget Ramsey is arguably better made, has finer and more features.