what lobbs did i get?

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  1. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    i picked up a couple pairs of john lobbs at the goodwill a few days ago. i'm sending them to my dad, as they are too small for me. i'm hoping some of you shoe freaks can shed some light on what i got:

    both pair have, in the insole, the printed label with three crests, and John Lobb, New York Paris London. No cool embossed 'JL' logo like i've seen on some shoes.

    first pair: brown blucher, no broguing. handwritten number inside: A15167.

    second pair: black bal wingtip, full brogue. handwritten number inside: 79997.

    both pair are fairly worn, looks like original soles.

    no pictures, i've already got 'em boxed up to mail.

    thanks in advance,

    andrew

    ps - also picked up a gently-worn pair of AE McCallister wingtips in black. look pretty sharp.
     


  2. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Those are Lobb St James bespokes. I'd say that's cooler than an embossed logo.
     


  3. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    do you know because of the label, or because of the numbering? (or both)
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Label.

    3 crests = Lobb St James bespoke

    "NY Paris London" hints this is pre-Hermes acquisition thus pre-Lobb Paris.

    Cursive John Lobb sig without crests = Lobb Paris bespoke.

    Rough guide.
     


  5. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    [​IMG] thanks.
     


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    kabert Senior member

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    Nice find indeed. If they still have their original soles and heels, they can't be too worn out. Given even half decent care, they should be capable of multiple (3-5 perhaps) resolings before the leather starts to crack, etc. and many new heels.
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    you guys don't want to know what i paid for them. [​IMG]
     


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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As far as I know John Lobb, London still uses: New York, Paris, London. Paris has been sold some 30 years ago and, I believe, they never had any permanent presence in NY (maybe prior to WWII).

    What about reporting them for misrepresentation to the office of Fair Trading?
     


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    Fashionslave Senior member

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    I was green with envy over the Vass shoes Globetrotter just received ,but they were 1000 Euros.However,I'm really envious over your finding Lobbs in a thrift store.. I know you probably paid less than 20 bucks for both pairs.Maybe even ten. The most exotic shoes found in thrift stores around here are Johnston&Murphys. Great find..
     


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    thinman Senior member

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    Ditto to everything...green with envy over the Vass and especially the Lobb shoes...J&M the best I can find in local thrift shops..Aaaarrrgggh.
     


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    The_Foxx Senior member

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    shoot me an email in a PM, i can send you a current pdf file of lobb's offerings (ready wear, maybe bespokes are similar). also, did you check the website that shows bespoke styles? http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/main/main.htm
     


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    jerrysfriend Senior member

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    If they have three crests (The Queen, the Duke of Edinborough, and the Prince of Wales) they are probably not more than 20-25 years old. I once saw an old pair with two crests (none for the Prince of Wales). I am not sure when it added his.
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    hey gents - thanks for all the information and for the covetous replies. i've been forwarding bits of the history along to my dad, so he's pretty tickled about getting these shoes. [​IMG] /andrew
     


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    Well, that's a red flag to a bull. Spill the beans then -- what did you get 'em for?
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    it was about 8 or 9 bucks per pair. Â [​IMG]
     


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