John Lobb (London) as well as John Lobb (Paris) have always finished black shoes with an all-black sole and waist. Someone ought to tell these venerable firms, they are letting the (bespoke) side down by using such an easy 'factory-technique'.
Bespoke shoes by John Lobb (Paris), made for member 'manton'.
If I read correctly, he didn't say it was a factory technique but rather that it should be adoptable quite easily for a factory.
Why would it look any better or worse?
Opaque finishes on soles (black or brown or even cinnabar) are a lot easier to do than transparent "natural" finishes. And less dependent on the vagaries of the outsole.
Sure, from a craftsmanship's point of view, it may not look all that appealing.
But it looks like a lady in a tight black dress.....simple but quite appealing.....anyone agree???
imo, it looks much better due to the authenticity. i won't miss them.
that has got to be one of the nicest soles I have ever seen. And although the Lobbs in this thread are nice, the G&Gs above are for more refined and sophisticated looking, they scream of attention to detail.
you didnt drop everything to take at least take peek?
nah, i really wanted to, but was about to drive to philly for a SF meet up and i didnt want to get there any later than i already was going to be. its a 2 hour drive. but i will post the pics i took yesterday very soon.