Monday, March 05, 2007

John Lobb - Shoemaker to Royalty, the ultra succesfull and ... James Bond

I was reading a forum about people's opinion of the most expensive clothing brands available and a familiar name came up: John Lobb. We did a profile on the most expensive golf shoes in a previous post and since then, we've been getting a couple of Search engine hits on "John Lobb". I did some reasearch and found more than just a shoemaker company; I found a hidden Icon!

When you are in London again, be sure to swing by St. James' Palace, built by Henry VIII: In one of the towers is the John Lobb store, said to be one of the most beautiful and interesting stores you'll ever visit.

This has been the site where the British royal family have been buying their dress shoes for over 100 years. Often frequented by successful business men, looking for the ultimate name in dress shoes, this shop is said to be a jewel to the privileged. Understandably so; a pair of John Lobb shoes can set you back an average of $2000. Or as said in the previos post, their tailormade golf shoes, costs $5000!

The old family business will take your measurements and will then handcraft your shoes to perfection. So make sure you are willing to wait a couple of months for your order. These days they have been getting more orders, since their shoes where the dress shoes of choice for Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale. He wore the Luffield shoes, pictured below.

If you are interested to acquire a fine pair of John Lobb shoes, be sure to wear it to only the most special of occasions as these are not your run-of-the-mill, designer shoes. They should only be worn with a tuxedo. Occasions to wear them could be your wedding, if you are nominated for a award, like the Oscars or the day you make partner in your firm. Wear them with pride as so many Royals have done before you.


Anonymous said...

You might want to look at John Lobb ready to wear, under the Hermes brand. These are not bespoke but are still made in England and are in fact the shoes that Bond wore in the last film (pictured). They come in at about a quarter of the price of the original JL's!

pashmina said...

Really, hand made shoes... if I'm going to pay $5K for a pair then I don't want to wait 3 months.... can't they put a rush on it!

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