I might have overreacted, but calling my post, in which I suggest to someone to wear his (at least) 24 pairs of shoes instead of buying even more, nonsense, made my blood boil a little.
I hate watching people collect things which are meant to be used in large numbers only to use them far too little or not at all.
I consider wearing a shoe only once a year a waste of time, material and worksmanship because it's very likely the shoe will outlive me without myself getting the better part out of it beforehands and that is not what the craftsman made it for.
As for Charles, sure we don't know and never will.
But you said it yourself, it's a pair of Lobbs, they have at least one bespoke last of him, so no need for excessive fittings.
In the time they have added the patches and resoled the shoes they have for surely replaced the foot bed as well.
I'm pretty sure Charles does not wear his clothes patched because of laziness, he is much too vain for it to be true, but because he knows about and lives up to his role as a representative.
Also I think all three examples shown above look very nicely, the pieces have obviously experienced a lot and have a unique story to them.
No offense intended. I just had to poke a bit of fun at the idea that 24 pairs of shoes is too many...when it is stated on Style Forum. This is the land of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder! And, ultimately, there is nothing wrong with that. Many visit this site daily and spend considerable amounts of time researching, recording (thru photos), then composing extensive essays about our loves for items that show our personal style. In this world, there is no such thing as "too many".
To be clear, I DO agree that these items NEED to be worn. As an addict of Vintage Shoes (mainly 1920's- 1950's), it pains me to see a pair of wonderful shoes that still survives, yet sits in a closet and is never worn. What a waste! The question is, "How often must an item be worn/ used in order for it to get the respect it deserves as a work of art"?
For example, I have these 1940's Stetson alligator Oxford Captoes.
I LOVE these shoes. 100% handmade and unique. MEANT to be worn, to be sure. NOW, when the heck do I wear them? In a year, I may wear them 2x. They aren't a "regular rotation" shoe, but rather an attention grabber and conversation topic. Twice a year is fine for them. They are quite content to sit in vintage shoe trees and bathe in conditioner for 6 months, then get worn that one time... then repeat. They will one day go to my son (if they fit him), or to some other shoe lover (if they do not).