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Blobby Lobb: A Review of John Lobb St. James

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Griffindork, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Griffindork

    Griffindork Guest

    Call me Alex. Some days ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me at work, I thought I would walk about a little and see the shoemaking part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off—then, I account it high time to buy a new pair of shoes as soon as I can.

    I’d recently worn out a workhorse: a pair of RTW G&G black cap toe oxfords, maybe 9 years old, many times resoled and now more fit for the great shoe bin of my history than my feet.

    My first stop was John Lobb Madison, where Paul Wilson, a former shoemaker at Lobb St. James runs the bespoke operation for U.S. customers and runs it very well. If I had to summarize Lobb Paris bespoke shoes and what makes them different than other makers, I think it would their focus on the smallness of the shoes. They are shorter and narrower, closer and more conforming, than other pairs I own where the last is made for me. It’s as if they are less concerned about making a mistake and more sure of themselves in getting it right, and therefore willing to try to be just that much more exact than anyone else. And while I’m no leather expert, there is in my eyes a step up in quality in the JLPs, both in terms of thickness and beauty over time. They patina and become invigorated, more full of life, never cracking or looking tired. And so I like them! And what could go wrong with ordering another pair?....except a drastic price increase. As many of you are no doubt aware from the very long and very flattering profile of me on the dieworkwear blog (bordering on sycophancy, really), I am not only incredibly handsome and very stylish but also quite frugal! And so I left and decided to carry on elsewhere.

    But where?

    I have a friend in Dallas who is a man of the world. A business man, a hunter, a gourmand, a lover of the finer things. He is a member of no forum (well, as far as I know) but is a customer or rubinacci and in the not-too-distant past had visited John Lobb St. James. And so I texted him him and wrote: “greetings old chap! How is it with you? Say, can we bat around some questions on the old foot-jobbers?” Just kidding. I asked if he liked his Lobbs. And he replied that they were great, and that his lastmaker was in NYC at that time and that he would set me up for an appointment. And then he sent me a picture of his feet, unfortunately adorned by a pair of elastic sided boat shoes that I almost mistook for orthopedics given the constant width from heel to toe.

    Oh dear. (To be continued).
     

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    othertravel Distinguished Member

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    I like where this is going...
     

  3. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    dieworkwear Mahatma Jawndi Dubiously Honored

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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    @Griffyndor @dieworkwear

    I’d hate to see this beautifully developing thread derailed.

    @dieworkwear response sounds to me like satire and I appreciate the creative license but please shall we get back to “Blobby Lobb”? Was really getting drawn in.

    By the way, you are both very gifted and beautiful writers. And in different ways but equally delightful to read.

    Alan Bee
     

  8. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Mahatma Jawndi Dubiously Honored

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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    This is honestly some of the most vial vitriol that I have ever read on here, ever. I honestly can’t believe that @dieworkwear is allowed to get away this this. I usually gloss over his mostly useless drivel but this time I read the entire post and it warrants a full and complete ban from this forum, post haste. He had made positive contributions before, sure, but he’s gone too far this time and no longer deserves a place at the bar as they say. I will be contacting the moderators here immediately but please do not let this distract you from the fact that in 1998, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer's table.
     

  10. Alan Bee

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    I saw @dieworkwear response as pure satire, really. If it wasn’t, then truly an unfortunate ad hominem attack totally unwarranted especially disclosing @Griffyndor identity.

    Again I hope the joke is on us @Mr. Moo and that his post is entirely satirical.

    Alan Bee
     

  11. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Mahatma Jawndi Dubiously Honored

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    OK, this feels so stupid, but obviously that post was satirical. I feel like a moron for explaining internet culture, but it's from a Fresh Prince of Bel Air copypasta, which is an old 2012 troll thing where you post some long, crazy story to get people hooked and then do a bait-and-switch into the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song.

    It truly sounds stupid when you type out internet culture like this, but there you go.

    Good lord.
     

  12. Alan Bee

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    That’s what I thought @dieworkwear but thanks for clarifying nonetheless.

    Pls @Griffyndor we are waiting for Part Deux of Blobby Lobb ...

    Alan Bee
     

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    man, i missed your original post, must be fun...
     

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    Back to the topic, unusual JLSJ
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  15. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Dieworkwear has a tendency of posting obnoxious things and then deleting them when he gets flack. (Leaves cute messages covering his tracks like "copypasta" in this case)

    There were definitely satirical elements in that post. The Fresh Prince thing (which I don't get?) was a tipoff.

    But what about the doxxing of the member's name? "Jefferson" something. Also, he claimed to have gotten information on the member from Steed? And the whole assault accusation thing?

    Very bizarre.

    He did preface his original post with the statement that he had just "had a few drinks."
     

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