John Lobb Appreciation Thread

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

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Inflexible MTO compare to EG. Way out of the price league of heavily biannually discounted C&J shells.

    And neither EG or C&J currently offers bespoke services.
     
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    JL has nice classics but they do have "modern" styles that maybe the trads here on SF don't align with. The price-point (Prestige) is a few hundred dollars more than EG, and a couple over G&G. The price is comparable to St.C and many would go with the Romanians for the price I think.

    Personally, the nice styles are on the 7000 & 8000 and the lasts just don't work as well for me. I do like the William and Chambord lasts (which I own both). I still hope to pick up a pair of the William boots.
     
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    Have you been fitted for different widths? 7K and 8K comes is three or four different widths I believe? Both of those lasts are great, also love the 8695. I'm no JL expert though.
     
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    In my experience, the 7000 and 8000 lasts do not work well for medium-to-narrow width feet. The 8695 last is a bit better, but still not as good as a comparable EG last.
     
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    Tried a few at JL but it's the instep and heel that doesn't work for me. My feet have a lower instep and the heel cup is not as high (compared to EG, which fits be best), so I get a fair amount of slippage (I'm sure the loose instep doesn't help). Good for your EG business from me!

    The 8695 is acceptable for me. For casual shoes, I tend to just go with Alden since the Barrie works best for me when it comes to casual shoes/boots.

    I'm sure JL is not loosing sleep (or money) without much business from me.
     
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    I won't complain, that's for sure! :D
     
  7. sevenfoldtieguy

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    FWIW, D width (narrow width) in numerous JL lasts is available thru JL's By Request (MTO) service - and, the last time I checked - anything more narrow than D puts one in the bespoke price range. I currently have a JL loafer in D width in Parisian Brown Misty in production thru JL's By Request service.
     
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    I need to replace some old rubber soles on a pair of Williams. Type SAR. I'd like to use them during the autumn/winter, which means they need to handle rain and some snow (located in Norway). The shoes are in good condition, but pre-owned. Therefore, I would not like to spend a fortune replacing the soles. Any suggestions?
     
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    Heads up, JL Warwick on sale at Barneys
     
  10. SuitedDx

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    If you're specifically looking to SAR, you might have to go directly with Lobb, there are a handful of excellent cobblers here in the US (Nick V. from VIP Shoes) but they may not have the specific sole. Also, shipping costs may be prohibitive.
     
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    Will be visiting San Francisco next week.
    Anyone knows where can i see a selection of JL shoes?

    Never had a chance to see them besides a short trip to HK last year.
     
  12. HRoi

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    Wilkes Bashford and Neiman Marcus - both in Union Square area
     
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    Yeah, IMO, a lot of people dismiss JL simply due to the fact that they cannot afford them, especially the prestige line. You also named shoes in order of least affordable to most affordable!
     
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    I hope WB has more of a selection than NM.
     
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    Not really, unfortunately
     

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