Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.
^^ Phuck, they sure built shoes to last in those days, did they not?
Nice Long Wing!! The new EG Oakdale looks similar but dressier.
Interesting you should make this comment. As Lobbs are Notorious for cracking over time, what saved these 2 pairs is:
1) the Pebble Grain leather on the Chukkas, which is a more hearty leather in general,
2) The loafers were kept in the box for a half century+
+ 1 for pebble grain, isshy. I used to dislike it but now don't have as many reservations as I once did.
We are similar in that. Pebble grain develops a gorgeous patina over time... unless it's the plasticky crap that's often used now-a-days.
One way to date Lobb St. James... If there are two royal warrants, Elizabeth and Philip, they predate 1983 but necessarily post date Elizabeth's corronation in, I believe, 1954. If there are three royal warrants, including Prince Charles, they post date 1983 when he bestowed his warrant on Lobb. New production has two warrants again, this time Philip and Charles, Elizabeth having withdrawn hers four or five years ago.
Older shell is definitely a different substance from current production. I've ask Nick Horween, in a couple of threads, to please tell us if the tanning procedure has been altered. No reply yet. The old shell is colored differently, reacts to water differently and feels smoother, in my experience. It may also be thicker, hard to tell as edges can be skived.
Those look great, btw.
Good stuff there! Sole shape is a big factor in determining the age of shoes as well. Many vintage Lobbs undergo the "re-craft process" at one time or another, and the footbed is often the first thing replaced.
True about the footbed replacement. The two pair you've posted look unworn or almost so. I assume whatever is on the sockliner is original.
Grenson Masterpieces (Wolfson) for Paul Stuart
Good old Philips heels.
Everything about those looks fantastic! If only Vass would make a similar style model! :^)
my two favourite styles combined, yeewza
Very nice brown combo, uncle.
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