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John Lobb Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dddrees, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. jujujoo11

    jujujoo11 Well-Known Member

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    Would the claret cream polish darken the shoes? Wouldn't that effect the museum effect?
     
  2. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    Claret is lighter than plum, and should not darken the shoes. If you see the claret cream in person, I think you will be surprised how light it looks (I was).
     
  3. jujujoo11

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    great thanks to hear!!
     
  4. Hirsh

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    Good question - I'll ask them at Lobb..

    But it's a gorgeous rich navy leather and will make a nice change from my mid box black calf pair, although I'm wearing my Gaziano and Girling brogues a lot these days - Tony Gaziano used to work for Lobb in St James..

    I do have a swatch of the leather..I'll dig it out and photograph it for you

    Also need to find out when they'll be ready so that I haven't blown all of my money on clothes!!:)
     
  5. Yoshka

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    This is my first post, and thank you to all that have contributed useful information. I live near the Costa Mesa John Lobb location, and just purchased a Lobb belt and am about to purchase my first 1-2 pair of Lobb shoes. I have never spend that much on shoes before. I am planning to get the Lopez loafers in black and am not sure about the 2nd pair, something with shoe laces. I saw shoes with inexpensive rubber soles (Campus) and also a nicer pair with what I am told is called the "October rubber sole". I was told that I could get the Lopez loafers with leather soles now, or the October rubber soles if I am willing to wait (until December for October!). I was advised that the overall construction is Goodyear welt, meaning I can change the sole in the future.

    If just talking about comfort when walking, do you think rubber is more comfortable? My own impression is that rubber may be better for comfort as I imagine you get more shock absorption with rubber, and I do not think the appearance is not really all that different unless you are looking at the bottom of the shoes. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  6. JubeiSpiegel

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    I don't have JL loafers, but every loafer i have has a leather sole, and they are all quite comfortable. I know it's hard to let rubber soles go, especially if it's what you are use to, but give the leather soles a try...
     
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  7. senorjon

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    I just picked up some stunning John Lobb Hutton's in Misty Pewter from B&S and I was wondering what was the recommendation for caring for/polishing Misty Calf leather? I want to keep the Misty Calf finishing as I believe that adds to the uniqueness of the shoe. I purchased the Pewter wax and cream from JL, but am curious if you guys think this will remove some of the Misty antiquing?

    Thanks,
    Jon
     
  8. thebeebs

    thebeebs Well-Known Member

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    The black Lopez demands leather. Nothing is worse than squeaking while you walk around in $1200 business shoes. If you want rubber, get it in a more casual make up.
     
  9. Nikola

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    I have 2 pairs of Lopez loafers, and the first 2 times I wore them I had a feeling they are shredding my feet and thought just taking them off and return home barefooted. After the initial 3 wear they now fit like a glove. They are hard to break, but once they do you will never have the more comfort loafers.
     
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  10. Yoshka

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    Regarding the topic of "John Lobb Appreciation", one thing I appreciate about the brand, in addition to the overall quality, is that I do have the option of being able to choose leather vs rubber for the sole and also have the option of making a change in the future. I also appreciate that for a given shoe, I have choices on EE/E vs EEE/EE widths, and I hope I will make the right choice in size (snug but not too snug). I will be going to the South Coast store today to make a couple of selections.

    I was thinking Lopez and perhaps Philip II or Chambord, both in black. I saw Plum being touted on prior posts, but the Lobb website does not seem to offer that color at this time in the above shoes. Just need to decide on the sole, and would like at least one of the shoes to have rubber if not both if rubber is even a bit more comfortable while walking. I can appreciate not wanting to squeak (did not notice that but will pay attention), and the fact that leather is the classic design etc. However, my job does not involve being in a business office, sitting at a desk, and attending meetings. I am walking a LOT. Therefore, comfort while walking trumps all other considerations ... for me. If anyone can provide a comparison on leather vs rubber strictly as related to comfort - shock absorption while walking, and if there is a difference, that would be great! It is hard to truly appreciate a comparison in the store, especially since for a given shoe, there is not inventory of the exact same size in rubber vs leather, and I am only walking for a short distance.
     
  11. jujujoo11

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    I saw John Lobb loafers with the October sole, and was surprised how great they looked they also felt very durable too. If I saw them on the street I would never guess they had rubber sole. End of the day you are going to wear the shoes not us. Get it for your lifestyle. I don't think you can get Philip 2's in rubber since they are prestige models. We can talk colors and leather and ask for opinion but if its comfort its all up to you, the wearer.
     
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  12. SuitedDx

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    I personally like leather soles and find them more comfortable than city rubber (e.g., Definite). Leather does wear out faster though. Almost all my shoes have leather soles;I have probably have 5 shoes with rubber soles for rain/snow days.
     
  13. NewStart

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    JL factory shop in Northampton this weekend - Lots of Lopez in stock in different colour and size- just not I was looking for :(
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  14. Nikola

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    Whoa, have they modernized the Shop? The last photos I was looking showed the FS as a 19th century room ..
     
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  15. HRoi

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    i would get the uncontrollable urge to take a dive into that stack of boxes
     
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  16. NewStart

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    The factory shop has moved to a different location, still on the some road though.

    They have now imposed stricter security, e.g. you need to ring the bell and show your face before they open the door etc. I nearly thought that they were not open.

    Nice collection though.
     
  17. Nikola

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    JL always seems to have a lot of loafers in their FS. Not so much shoes like William and City Oxfords. In my size anyway. Would really like to know whats the deal with that. Hope you had a pleasure dealing with Ms. Pauline. Shes a lovely lady working there, always willing to assist.
     
  18. NewStart

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    They have quite a few in my size (7.5-8) actually including the gorgeous City II, William II and Phillip II. Shame that they were all in black which I had too many.

    Prices are between 300-640 I think

    There were 2 members of staff at the time I came (both in my picture). They were very friendly and knowledgable.
     
  19. wurger

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    What's factory store email? Do they ship overseas and take orders via email?
     
  20. Yoshka

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    Well.... I was completely unfamiliar with Lobb shoes a week ago, but the helpful information here provided an excellent crash course education. I went to the South Coast Lobb store today thinking I would get a Lopez loafer in black, and the main issue was just to select the proper size and rubber vs leather.

    However, for better or worse, I developed an interest in some other options from reading this thread, one so I looked at several different styles. When I looked at the Philip 2 in black (pictured above), I was informed that this shoe did not come in a rubber sole as an option, and so that made the rubber vs leather decision simple, and I thought it was the best choice for a dress shoe to wear with a suit and on more formal occasions in particular. The size that fit was 9 EE (GB), and that was in stock. Those are my first Lobb shoes.

    Then I asked about what the had in stock with a rubber sole that can be used for more everyday use, perhaps also good for casual. The choice was a Chambord 2 in black. The 9 E was too snug, but the 9.5 E seemed better. I would have liked to try the 9 EE given that this size was best for the Philip 2, but for that I would have to order that size, and so I did not yet make the purchase - still thinking about it. If they had the 9 EE in stock to try, I would have just purchased the one that fit best.

    On the Lopez loafers, I liked both the black and the museum brown colors. They did not have the 9 EE, only the 9 E in black, but with the loafer, that size did not seem all that bad. Still, nice to compare and be sure with such an expensive shoe, and so there is a 9 EE in NY that they will get for me to try in comparison to the 9 E. I will get the Lopez once I select the correct size, but it will be a wait until December should I want the brown or black in a rubber sole or the brown in 9 EE. Oh... I was told that if I get the museum brown shoes, I will benefit from a matching belt! That gets expensive.

    I did make a Lobb belt purchase yesterday on ebay, but maybe I made a mistake.

    http://tinyurl.com/lbn6mzl

    When I was at the Lobb store, I figured that the belt would go with my black shoes, but was told it did not, and would best match extremely expensive shoes that are a bit too flashy for my style. Perhaps the belt is more flashy and shiny than I realized. Oh well.
     

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