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John Lobb on Madison Avenue

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by slaavwmr, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. slaavwmr

    slaavwmr Senior member

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    I'm going to be at a meeting on Madison Avenue tommorow. Is it worth my time to check out their shoes? I plan on visiting Saks to check out the EG's in person, but I am open to other ideas as well. Any thoughts?
     


  2. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's absolutely worth your time to check JL Paris out. While you're at it, since you'll already be in the area, you ought to stop in at JM Weston, Lattanzi, Santoni, and Ralph Lauren at 72nd. Lots of great shoes to be seen...
     


  3. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    John,
    How do you respond to every shoe thread within 1 hour of posting?

    Ahem, on the subject of John Lobb Paris--a visit to the shop is highly recommended.  The doorbell is a bit pompous, but just trying on a few shoes is well worth the effort.  I personally prefer Lobb to Green based on their superior discounts and greater selection of styles in the US.  Make sure to take write down or memorize a few last numbers... the JL March sale is quickly approaching.

    Lattanzi is more eye-candy than reality for men of my limited funds.  I suggest hitting Lobb, dashing up to Santoni, Weston, and Tanino Crisci in the 70s, and then paying a quick visit to Vacca and/or Bergdorf before closing time to check out StefanoBi and Kiton.  I think Sak's closes later than Bergdorf and all of the boutiques, so this strategy is probably your best bet...
     


  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I got J to set it up so that I get paged every time someone mentions shoes in a post. [​IMG]
     


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    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Gives new meaning to the word fetish, no?
     


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    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    P.S.: Shoes. Shoes shoes shoes.
     


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    (norcaltransplant @ Jan. 30 2005,22:43) John, How do you respond to every shoe thread within 1 hour of posting?
    I got J to set it up so that I get paged every time someone mentions shoes in a post. Â [​IMG]
    Jcusey: your a sick man. l'm going to get J to do the same for me too. Jcusey is my brother in arms - a classic shoo nerd. [​IMG] Hooray for Jcusey.
     


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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Careful, AK. Last I heard, J was considering doing the same thing for you with shirts. Instead of paging, though, there would be automated phone calls every five minutes until you responded. [​IMG]
     


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    I may be sicker. My shoe cupboard is getting out of control. Since my home is one mile from my office and since I often come home for lunch, the answer to trying to wear them all more frequently may be to change shoes at lunchtime. Vass reccomends wearing new shoes for only 3-4 hours the first half dozen times or so anyway (until your feet and shoes get used to each other). Do others agree with this?
     


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    Since it was a work day I didn't have a chance to take the tour you mentioned,but I did go Saks. to see EG, and to John Lobb. The first thing I have to say is that the guy at John Lobb was really nice and took his time to show me different type of shoes. It is a buetifull store. The one thing he did that scared me is he measured my foot. I haven't had that done in a long time. According to his measurement my foot is narrow and I need a british 10D, when I have been buying a US 101/2 my whole life. When I tried on a pair of shoes the british 10D fit the best. I'm just worried that it will be tight. I was close to buying but I held off. I tried on the berkely at saks and the fit wasn't perfect so I am thinking I might need the british 10D in that as well.

    All of this has made me think, is it worth it. Why not just buy Aldens for $500 less a pair and since I'm only looking for captoe and punchtoe in black there isn't so much of a difference.

    What do you guys think?
     


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    How much do their shoes start at? - $1,000? I've been quite a few times but never bothered to check out their prices as I have never intended to buy. I think JM Westom probably represents a better value.

    Panzer
     


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    Certain shoes which have the "bootmaker" sole -- a very close approximation to a handmade bevelled waist -- cost $1,100, I think.  The other models are around $700-$800. You're probably right that Weston, and also Green and some others, represent a better value.
     


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    The pair I looked at "City" was $885. The ones with the more handcrafted sole are around $1200, but they come with Shoe Trees.
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Ah, well. The weak dollar is a killer.
     


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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    JL Paris lasts are sized a bit differently from EG lasts. I'm a 10 D US and a 9.5 E in every EG last that I've tried. I'm a 9 E for most JL Paris lasts, and I can wear an 8.5 E in 7000 (although I'm probably better off with a 9 E in that, as well). Don't just take your measured size from the JL Paris store and buy that size in EG.
     


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