Hirsh, your post confuses me. JL Paris has their RTW shoes made in Northampton, England. French design with English construction. JLP bespoke are made in France. JL St James are made in England and only bespoke, no RTW. That said, almost any bespoke shoe will be more comfortable that any RTW shoe. I do agree that JL St. James is the original. I wish JLP were not even called John Lobb. Should be Hermes!!