A Fine Man Once Said:

"Part of the 10 million I spent on gambling, part of it on booze, and part of it on women. The rest I spent foolishly."

- George Raft

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Elegant Outfitters of St. James' Street: John Lobb Bespoke

          Esquire Magazine once described John Lobb's London shop at 9 St. James Street as "the most beautiful shop in the world." Far be it for me to argue with that statement, or the sentiment that each pair of Lobb's is a work of art unto itself. Indeed, Lobb is known for crafting what is considered by many to be the finest pair of bespoke shoes available today.

          While some customers choose exotic leathers or more outlandish designs when going the bespoke route, this pair was modeled after the traditional conservative full-brogue, or wingtip, design in black calf leather.

It might not be obvious from my amateur photos, but the details on this pair of shoes are impressive to behold. The bevelled waist is particularly noteworthy and I never get bored with broguing. 

The soles show obvious signs of wear, but the shoes are holding up quite well, a testament to the high level of craftmanship.

The coats of arms stamped on the in-sole of each shoe indicates that John Lobb holds royal warrants by appointment to Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales.

The shoe trees: While the firm's website currently lists leather shoes at GBP 2690.00, the hollow-hinged wax polished shoe trees are listed at a comparatively pedestrian GBP 522.00. That being said, they're still impressive to behold.