John Lobb: the origins of real shoes

The hankering that I’ve developed for men’s shoes of late is second only to my passion for buying up ridiculous quantities of Tom Ford’s wares. Naturally, I’m not referring to men’s shoes in a liberal way. Where I’m at in life, the phrase refers to men’s shoes crafted so well that they exude not only quality but almost a sensuality. The sort of shoes that are bench made in England. The sort of shoes crafted by the likes of John Lobb.

Lobb, for the uninitiated, are craftsmen of men’s and women’s shoes and boots. One of England’s oldest bootmakers they have included amongst their clientele the likes of the King Edward VII and Charles, Prince of Wales, along with the likes of Hugh Grant and the fictional James Bond.

If you wish to see what is involved in making footwear to the quality of John Lobb, and how such quality sets it apart from so many others, then watch this video. Soon you may share my addiction.

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Video via The Guardian.

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