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Lobbs Question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by shoes22, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. shoes22

    shoes22 Well-Known Member

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    I just saw the Lobb 2005 two tone pair of shoes and it is unreal. I currently wear Gucci, Prada, Barker Black, AE, and Armani shoes. The Lobbs are $1300 and I was wondering are they that much better than all of these? I want to give Lobbs a shot and that pair is stunning. I can afford them, but at the same time I have never spent more than about $750 on shoes. Are they available for a deal anywhere? Does anyone own this pair and can comment on them? Should I wait until the 06's come out and the 05's will go on sale? Lots of questions, just looking for help.
     
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    kitonbrioni Senior member

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  3. shoes22

    shoes22 Well-Known Member

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    I can't post a pic but they are on johnlobb.com under ready to wear the john lobb 2005
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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  5. tom2517

    tom2517 Active Member

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    My best advice is to monitor eBay closely. There is a handful of sellers there who offer Lobb shoes at a good discount to retail. For example, the JL 2005 you like sold last month for GBP405:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/John-Lobb-Vintag...QQcmdZViewItem



    Although you can't tell, those shoes are considered by JL to be defective, hence the cheaper price.

    By all means buy from the online seller if you find one that you like.
     
  6. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Although you can't tell, those shoes are considered by JL to be defective, hence the cheaper price.

    By all means buy from the online seller if you find one that you like.


    "Reject" classification does not necessarly means the shoes are defective. It is generally a minor cosmetic flaw and even often not visible. All my JL shoes but two pairs come from modern-vintage or sausages234. I have never been able to actually spot the flaw. I don't believe JL would sell these "R" marked shoes in its factory store if the flaws were visible or detracted from the overall look or quality
     
  7. tom2517

    tom2517 Active Member

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    "Reject" classification does not necessarly means the shoes are defective. It is generally a minor cosmetic flaw and even often not visible. All my JL shoes but two pairs come from modern-vintage or sausages234. I have never been able to actually spot the flaw. I don't believe JL would sell these "R" marked shoes in its factory store if the flaws were visible or detracted from the overall look or quality

    I know you can't really see the flaw, that is why I said you can't tell.
    But for me, they are reject because they are defective, why else would JL reject them? Whatever the flaw is, they are determined to be not worth selling in the boutique stores.

    With that being said, I see nothing wrong buying those shoes online.
     
  8. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    i always wondered if the R rejects since the flaws are not visible if the defect is something INTERNAL,
    which can lead to more serious problems later after a year or two or wear.

    you know, like something internal plumbing may be bad or corrosive in a pristine looking house being sold.
     
  9. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    i always wondered if the R rejects since the flaws are not visible if the defect is something INTERNAL,
    which can lead to more serious problems later after a year or two or wear.

    you know, like something internal plumbing may be bad or corrosive in a pristine looking house being sold.


    No - if someone points the flaw, then you will see it. Whenever I asked the sellers above, they were usually able to point to the flaw (which can for example be a few stitches off, or a dent in the sole/welt...). The flaws on R marked JLs are minor cosmetic flaws, not construction issues. If the shoes were actually defective (e.g. construction wise), they would just not sell them in their factory store
     
  10. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    "Reject" classification does not necessarly means the shoes are defective. It is generally a minor cosmetic flaw and even often not visible. All my JL shoes but two pairs come from modern-vintage or sausages234. I have never been able to actually spot the flaw. I don't believe JL would sell these "R" marked shoes in its factory store if the flaws were visible or detracted from the overall look or quality

    I have purchased rejects from the Lobb factory, and would agree that most of them are generally cosmetically flawed. Still, the last time I was there, there was a corner of the shop that had very very cheap (25GBP) rejects that bore clear visible flaws that greatly detracted from the overall look. I remember a pair of brown suede shoes that were clearly different shades of brown, and a pair of burgandy shoes where the top layer of leather on the toe had peeled off.

    Bic
     
  11. ragdoll

    ragdoll Senior member

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    What do Lobb rejects cost when bought from the factory store (not ebay)?
     

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