Words/Images Judith Ecochard
Luxury men's shoes are as wonderful to behold as their female equivalent...maybe not as flashy as a glittery spike heeled Jimmy Choo...
But certainly as delectable- in a handsome way.
|Camberley with Chelmsford (Black leather)|
For John Lobb, the high end polish of the collection is subtle... an obvious emphasize on the quality of the raw materials (leathers, suedes), hand sewn construction including artisanal hand applied details and durable Goodyear stitching, labor intensive polishing for the ultimate patina...a total of 190 steps by highly skilled, traditionally trained craftsmen.
|Sporty leather boots|
John Lobb offers "Four Steps Forward...And Beyond" for Autumn-Winter 2011.
Two new contemporary classics-are made on brand new and contemporary lasts...
A double buckle Camberley-
... and a derby, Chelmsford -both with punching details on toe- give the shoes a bit of wingtip formality in the modern silhouette.
|elongated toe---we think balances proportionally a man's silhouette-whether a tall or short guy. Flattering feature.|
Four signature models are refreshed for 2011.
A wonderful boot with classic appeal---the hand sewn apron, Chambord II ...with a split toe that will be available with two different kinds of soles---leather and a rugged rubber sole.
|tiny by hands, side stitching on upper, above apron-stress points for added comfort|
----and a kick back, ankle kicker- the Winner Boot ---with an interesting mix of textures---in suede and canvas. The sole is from an original John Lobb winter boot.
A single buckle shoe spectacularly cut from one piece of leather...Jermyn III
A hand punched oxford -Rothley---with a low cutaway and an elongated toe--- that we find is the perfect balance between 'modern' and 'classic.'
We think the Riviera, a casual loafer style that is RTW ---available now ---will be very popular. Born from home shoes/luxury slippers, these comfortable yet elegant slip-ons have rubber soles, a light toe box and a small back counter to give a little bit of structure....on a new last. ($695)
Our favorite colors---tobacco, midnight blue, black and brown suede...and an aubergine deep purple. We were told the gray pewter, and copper, (pictured above)---will be available in July 2011---and a red suede in mid-summer.
Another stylish casual loafer----the Signature, in suede--a versatile style that can be paired with informal denim- as well as office attire--- with done by hand, of course- thick stitching, and a handsome buckle. In dark brown suede also.
GOOD TO KNOW: John Lobb will care for their brand of shoes like no other repair service on the planet. All are returned to to their workshop in Northampton, England for the level of care that discerning customers (and their hand crafted shoes) demand---and are returned, approximately three months later, "completely rebuilt." Style and durability.($480)