Those shoes were actually John Lobb (London), which has nothing to do with Hermes-owned John Lobb (Paris). It was in 1976 (I believe), that John Lobb sold he Paris branch to Hermes with the right to use the name for bespoke as well as ready-to-wear shoes. Hermes produces bespoke shoes in their own Paris workshop, while ready-to-wear are made in their Northampton factory. Both firms use the "handwritten" John Lobb signature in their bespoke shoes. JL (London) adds three Royal warrants, while JL (Paris) uses the signature on it's own. As they used to say in the old TV series: "Confused, you will be, until you watch next week's episode of "Soap".