*JOHN LOBB, Paris, BESPOKE, 4-Eyelet Derby: UK9E, US 10D
Size: 43-43.5 [US. 10] [UK 9]
Styles: Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Custom-Bespoke-Maas, Derbys
Antique Bespoke Shell 4-Eyelet Derby (Blucher)
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. John Lobb is of course, the premiere workshop for traditional English Shoes and stands noticeably above even the other superior shoemakers such as Church´s or Crockett & Jones, Alden, Weston etc., and along with Edward Green and (I believe) the old Peal & Co., is in the top category of shoemakers in the world. Ready made shoes from Lobb are in the $1200-1600 category and bespoke shoes like these about three to four times that price. Shoe trees alone are now 465 Pounds Sterling ($600 thereabouts) http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/main/pricelist.htm
The present shoe is a superb example of the great traditions of shoemaking and, for being made in the Paris shop, something of a rarity even among Lobb’s bespoke shoes. Considering that English Lobb’s bespoke shoes are made by a variety of “cottage” contractors and vary in style of hand-work and construction, a word needs to be said about this particular shoe made in the workrooms above the Paris shop by one fixed team of craftsmen. Unlike the English bespoke shoes, quality does not vary and some believe it is superior to the former. What is certain is that the sculpted form of sole and moulded instep are as close to perfection in shoemaking as we will see. This shoe is a wearable prize for the advanced collector.
Size Details:Unmarked but consistent with a UK 9E…..US 10D.....European 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot. Sold without trees.