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John Lobb St. James Oxford.... Repairable??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wrongwroks, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. wrongwroks

    wrongwroks Active Member

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    Hello,
    I've came across this beautiful John Lobb St. James oxford (bespoke?) , however, the condition is not so good. I want to know if it is possible to repair all the damages?
    Thanks!


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  2. mcbrown

    mcbrown Well-Known Member

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    Oy. I doubt that can be repaired for less than the cost of a brand new pair.
     
  3. usctrojans31

    usctrojans31 Well-Known Member

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    Someone's dog used Lobb's as a chew toy.
     
  4. wrongwroks

    wrongwroks Active Member

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    Anyone experienced in this kind of repair?
     
  5. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    You'd be best asking John Lobb themselves...however don't expect it to be cheap.
     
  6. wrongwroks

    wrongwroks Active Member

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    I realized. I've called the store near me, but they told that these shoes were made by John Lobb on St. James Street in London. They (Hermes owned) cannot repair it for me. Do you know how much I am looking at? $500?
     
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  7. gsugsu

    gsugsu Well-Known Member

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    Contact them. The have both a telephone number and an email address. Attach your pictures. Ask them if the damage can be repaired and at what cost.
     
  8. Kiwi Man

    Kiwi Man Well-Known Member

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    I have a feeling that it is going to cost a whole lot more.

    However, there are some high-end brand names which allowed customers to repair their items free of charged as long as it is a manufacture faulty.
     
  9. wrongwroks

    wrongwroks Active Member

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    I will try to persuade them for free of charged by explaining this and that. ([​IMG]) Maybe they're generous enough to fix them for me ([​IMG])
     
  10. Big Texas

    Big Texas Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that's not gonna happen.

    I hope you didn't pay a lot for these shoes. That's about all I can say. If JL can or will repair them, it'll be extremely pricey, and the result probably won't be worth the expense.
     
  11. jeff13007

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    So a repair job on that will cost $5000?
     
  12. mcbrown

    mcbrown Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't be shocked... It is often cheaper to make things new than to perform major surgery on them. That shoe will basically have to be completely disassembled to replace the damaged bits. It may not even be possible to do without destroying the shoe anyway.

    I'm assuming of course that by "repair" we're talking about getting it to an undamaged condition, not just slapping on an unsightly scrap of leather and calling it a day.
     
  13. wrongwroks

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    I think that if they accept to refurbish these, they will probably replaced the whole upper with new leather. Maybe replacing the whole shoes...
     
  14. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    Better ask JL or any cobbler/shoemakers around your area. The number of people replied that have experience, knowledge, or expertise regarding your issue on this thread would most likely be zero. And the number of people on this thread having bespoke shoe experience would be very close to zero.
     
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  15. jeff13007

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    +1 its a pretty strange damage issue, can't think of how that even happened besides being a chew toy
     
  16. mcbrown

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    Yes. Exactly why I think repair will be at least as expensive as a new shoe.

    But chogall is right. It's time to get the opinion of an expert cobbler/cordwainer or several. There is no point in soliciting further opinion here - you need quotes, not guesses.
     
  17. gsugsu

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    I agree that few people would know offhand what it would take to repair this kind of damage if at all. Having bespoke shoe experience doesn't really come into play here other than knowing who to call instead of posting here.
     
  18. wrongwroks

    wrongwroks Active Member

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    "I'm afraid that repairs do have to be paid for. Since all our work is by hand it can be quite expensive. Upper repairs can cost up to £100 and resoling is sually around £700. The shoes, judging from your pictures, look as though they are worth resoling. There is only a limited amount one can do to the uppers like renewing broken stitching and beading.It is not possible to say that they will look like new shoes again I'm afraid."
    -John Hunter Lobb

    I got a replied from them. $1200 for a repair... do you guys think it will worth the cost? or should I just get an OTR John Lobb?

    Or should I take the shoes to the shoemaker around my area and have them fix it for 1/10th of the quotes?

    P.S. I got the shoes for free.

    Thanks.
     
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  19. gyasih

    gyasih Well-Known Member

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    Buy the best fitting RTW shoe you can for the $1200.
     
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  20. usctrojans31

    usctrojans31 Well-Known Member

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    FTW.
     

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