The John Lobb shop on Madison Ave. is not the London Lobb but the Hermes Lobb/PAris. Â There shoes are way over-priced for average quality shoes. Â
Average quality? Hardly. Along with Edward Green, John Lobb Paris shoes are the finest ready-made British shoes available.
Jay Kos--Dislike this store immensely. Â Very stuffy, very pompous attitude as if they're doing you a favor by taking your money. Â Also, stuffy in the literal sense in that the place looks like an old attic--stuff strewn all over the place. Â As regards Edward Green shoes at JK, I would not buy EG shoes anywhere except at EG in London as EG sizing is fairly complx, what with various lasts, etc. Â I would not trust JK to measure my feet properly.
Who cares if they can measure your feet properly? With shoes, the proof is in the trying-on. If they fit when they're on your feet, why does it matter if the salesman can't use a Brannock Device worth a damn?
JP Tods--Mad. Ave. Â Very fashionable, especially among Italians, but very pricey--Not worth the price as they are factory made. Yes, I have a pair of brown suede boots which I enjoy as they're very comfortable due to their rubber sole, but they are still not worth the exhorbitant price. Â They do run sales during the year.
Tod's driving mocs start at $345. That's not cheap, and you may be able to find better-made similarly-style shoes for the same price, but it's hardly exhorbitant.
Saks--Sells EG shoes, but only a few styles. Â When I went in recently, they told me I could order any other style through Saks, but there is an 8 MONTH wait. Â Not sure I'd trust the young salespeople there to properly measure my feet for an EG shoe.
Nobody in the United States carries more than a handful of Edward Green styles. Saks is hardly the only retailer that can't get EG shoes in a timely manner. The Oxxford store in Manhattan discontinued EG shoes because of the supply problems. I've heard that Paul Stuart did the same. I've been waiting for my Edwardian Antique Dovers on the 808 last for 6.5 months now, and that's hardly surprising.
Bergdorf Goodman Men--Various brands, including obscenely-priced Lattanzi shoes and Gucci.
Adam Derrick/To Boot leases the Bergdorf Goodman shoe department. They also carry Mantellassi, Lobb, and (surprisingly enough) To Boot.
Brooks Bros--Mad Ave. Â Peale. Â I'm told that Peale, a once great house, no longer is.
Starting a few years ago and up until this season, Brooks Brothers Peal shoes were made by Crockett & Jones. They were very nice shoes and represented pretty good value. This season's Peal shoes are of similar quality, but the interior markings and other manufacturing details lead me to believe that someone else is making them now.