All that purple prose: (taken from auction) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....03&rd=1If this has whetted your appetite, have a look at the shoes themselves. They must be frontrunners in the "ugliest-shoes-ever-made" competition. Grey shoes - yak.
Quote:There is a lot of talk about the quality of the French (Hermes) Lobb workrooms and, indeed, they deserve high marks, perhaps the highest marks. Â But the pair of shoes in question here is of a different breed. Â Hermes-Lobb makes shoes, great shoes. Â John Lobb, London, makes sculptures you can wear on your feet. Â No part of the anatomy of the foot is left unconsidered. They are objects of wonder before you put them on. Â You feel you have never held a shoe to compare with this in your hand. Â All the descriptions, all the books on fine shoemaking, a lifetime of rubbing elbows with the premiere craftsmen on three continents all fall short of explaining how the object in your hand was achieved. You cannot see into the work. Â It is simply there and whole. Â And it oozes fineness...without a hint of ostentation...fineness, authority, and let us call a spade a spade, privilege. Â As you reflect on these shoes, you may be actually wearing another pair of Lobbs bought in Paris which you thought represented the panicle of the craft...and suddenly you are no longer sure. Â You still cannot entirely comprehend what you hold in your hand. Â They are in an entirely other realm. Â That, at least, was my reaction.