To paraphrase Sinatra, if 2008 was not a good year for small-town, city, or blue-blooded girls, it certainly worked out alright for John Lobb. The famous bootmakers continued their tradition of releasing a limited edition pair of shoes every year on October 25th in celebration of St. Crispin’s day. St. Crispin, for those who may not know, is the patron saint of shoe makers.
The John Lobb Limited Edition 2008 shoe was based on the highly acclaimed City shoe, yet featured thicker stitching at the captoe and around the throat. John Lobb crafted the John Lobb 2008 shoe to Prestige standards - as the Robb Report put it, the bootmaker "prides itself on using only single pieces of full-grain leather, which have spent more than six months at the tannery, in the production of its footwear. The skins then spend another 40 hours undergoing 190 manufacturing steps—more than any other shoemaker uses—in the hands of craftsmen, who shape them into the distinctive, blemish-free designs that define the John Lobb Prestige label."
Close-ups of the thicker stitching sewn at the cap-toe and throat of the shoe.
The Uptown Dandy generally doesn't deviate too far from classic shoe designs like the semi or full brogue, so this was an opportunity to try something a little off the beaten path in terms of design, without straying too far from my comfort zone. This particular pair is in Noisette (french for hazelnut) oxford calf leather on the 7000 last.
From the side angle, the John Lobb 2008s similarities with the City II become readily apparent.
John Lobb's distinct heel pattern in the shape of a "J" and "L".
The shoe has a channeled sole and bevelled waist.
The classic wood-stacked heel that you'll find on John Lobb Prestige shoes.
What else can we say? John Lobb 2008 - a vintage that seems to be aging quite well.