*JOHN LOBB (London) BESPOKE Penny Loafer: 46D (US 12D)
Size: 46-46.5 [US12-12.5] [UK 11-11.5]
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Custom-Bespoke-Maas, Loafers
Bespoke Raised Apron Penny Loafer/Slipper
Little need be said about this good shoemaker, neither the family run shop in London nor its branch opened in Paris at the beginning of the last century and acquired by Hermès in 1976. Lobb shoes are thought to be the height of luxury by some and, while this may be an exaggeration, they certainly deserve a reputation for quality, comfort, elegance and quiet good taste (when as in this case they refrain for their excursions into misbegotten modern designs). The fit and finish of this pair is excellent. These are not to be confused with the ubiquitous Lobb ready-mades; these are bespoke shoes, custom made by hand at significant cost. It is worth a visit to Lobb’s website to put prices for shoes from this most famous shoemaker in the world in perspective.
John Lobb bespoke shoes start at £5000 for shoes and £1000 for shoe-trees. http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/pricelist/
An historical note: You are soon to be in the company of Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, Charles de Gaulle, Alfred Hitchcock, J. Paul Getty, and Gregory Peck. Not to mention likes of The Prince of Wales and Hugh Grant and a smattering of discerning female clients -Jacqueline Kennedy and Katharine Hepburn, for example, were faithful customers.
Size Details:By my own careful measurements, UK 11E (US 12D) (Continental 46D), for the medium width foot.
Showing considerable wear, checking and scuffs. but still serviceable, Recentley resoled and reheeled and bottoms showing no wear. Overall, a well worn example of this great classic and, accordingly, very modestly priced. Still, this is not for the finicky. For the perfection minded, a perfect pair is available right now at Lobb’s for 5000 Pounds Sterling However, for the collector who appreciates a noble ruin of great pedigree, this is another kind of perfection, a shoe that wears it history proudly, and at a negligible price. Sold without trees.