Tear in the shoe Edit: Use conditioner
After having the shoes for several weeks and having some light wear, there was a tear that occurred on the top of the right shoe. Granted, I did not condition the shoe when I first received it but I was surprised that a tear happened. When I got in touch with customer service from Loake, they responded that the damage did not seem like something they could repair. While the look an feel of these shoes were fantastic, the early damage did frustrate me quite a bit. I can still wear them but they don't look the same.
Edit: After doing some more research into leather shoes and shoe care, I bought some conditioner (Saphir Renovator) and applied it to the shoe. While some damage is still apparent, it has definitely helped reduce the damage significantly. I'll also be getting some sole guards. Ultimately, I've adjusted my review due to my increased knowledge. Definitely suggest that potential buyers watch some youtube videos on maintaining oxford shoes (conditioner, polish, brushes, sole guards, etc)
Would recommend to a friend.