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post #1 of 10
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Does anyone have pictures of the following John Lobb models:

1) ASHLEY in DARK OAK (a loafer on the 4596 last)
2) VARESE in DARK OAK (a leather soled single buckle boot)

Thank you
post #2 of 10
Is that you, TSL?
post #3 of 10
Got the Varese in dark oak. Will try to take a picture and post it here soon. No Ashley here though, I'm afraid.
post #4 of 10
The Ashley pictured on the John Lobb website which gives several views and a illustration of the various colours in which it comes (though the main image is of it in squirrel calf):

http://www.johnlobb.com/us/swf/index.php
post #5 of 10
Just arrived on eBay:

John Lobb "˜Varese'
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/John-Lobb-Vare...QQcmdZViewItem

What about that one? (much nicer):

Edward Green "˜Olney'
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
Just arrived on eBay:

John Lobb "˜Varese'
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/John-Lobb-Vare...QQcmdZViewItem

What about that one? (much nicer):

Edward Green "˜Olney'

I agree with Bengal that the EG Olney on the 888 last is more elegant than the Lobb. Both are quite nice, though.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by aportnoy
I agree with Bengal that the EG Olney on the 888 last is more elegant than the Lobb. Both are quite nice, though.
I beg to differ. The Olney is just another EG plain toe boot on the 888 last. Yawn! It ain't able to pull off a proper casual look neither. It's a pretender, androgynous, neither fish nor flesh. The JL Varese is rare and it's made on a last that can hardly be found anymore - 7595. It's a GREAT shoe for jeans and it looks FOR REAL.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by sysdoc
I beg to differ.

The Olney is just another EG plain toe boot on the 888 last. Yawn! It ain't able to pull off a proper casual look neither. It's a pretender, androgynous, neither fish nor flesh.

The JL Varese is rare and it's made on a last that can hardly be found anymore - 7595. It's a GREAT shoe for jeans and it looks FOR REAL.

I wouldn't kick either out of bed to keep a theme going...
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by sysdoc
The JL Varese is rare and it's made on a last that can hardly be found anymore - 7595. It's a GREAT shoe for jeans and it looks FOR REAL.
It's not the last. It's the strap, right slap-bang in the middle, cutting through the sweep of the quarters. To me it looks like the band around some Havana or a cummerbund around a fat man's waist. Alden has an equally earth-bound and pedestrian boot in their collection:


But the strap at the EG takes the model off the ground and gives the shoe a sweep Signor Boccioni might have envied:

Umberto Boccioni Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

Pretentious? Moi???
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
It’s not the last. It’s the strap, right slap-bang in the middle, cutting through the sweep of the quarters. To me it looks like the band around some Havana or a cummerbund around a fat man’s waist. Alden has an equally earth-bound and pedestrian boot in their collection: But the strap at the EG takes the model off the ground and gives the shoe a sweep Signor Boccioni might have envied: Umberto Boccioni Unique Forms of Continuity in Space Pretentious? Moi???
Well, bengal, there you have it - I always tended towards what we recently learned to be "peasant shoes".
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To me it looks like the band around some Havana
Sounds lovely to me. Brings to mind a Partagas Presidente, Salomones or Diadema, though the latter usually don't come with the bands.
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