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A pair of tailor-made, bespoke ladies shoes, is akin to a fine piece of jewellery; they are to be admired, enjoyed, and treasured for a lifetime. The endless possibilities of bespoke present a unique opportunity to create a custom design that perfectly reflects your taste and enhances your style.

Our Iconic Styles

2 hole lace shoe vamp and
quarters traced wing cap

Proving that one needn’t choose between the sensible and the stylish, here is a pared back, timelessly elegant shoe that can be worn comfortably all day. A traced wing cap and a small design punched in the toe end of the vamp offer stylish aesthetic flourishes; whilst the 1⅞” high heel offers both comfort and elevation.

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3 hole lace shoe navvy cut
style curved facings cap

Cut in the iconic Navvy or Derby cut, this is a shoe which is, in every way, elevated. The slightly higher heel - 2⅜”- creates a beautifully curved body, whilst the row of broguing along the toe-cap makes a quiet but classic style statement. A favourite amongst those seeking something both distinguished and timeless.

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Plain Oxford 4-holes silk laces

A beautiful incarnation of the classic Oxford cut, here is a shoe in perfect balance; the masculine and the feminine, the hard and the soft. To our mind, this shoe is realised to its fullest potential when created in a bold leather that juxtaposes the soft silk lacing. This shoe can be styled up as part of your formal or business wear, or styled down as a more casual weekend shoe.

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5 hole Brogue oxford ramshorn Pf

Perhaps the most iconic classic style, the Oxford can trace its origins through over 200 years of British history and is thought to be named after the students of Oxford University. At John Lobb, it’s been our most popular style for over 170 years; a trend that doesn’t look set to change. This incarnation is embellished with full broguing and a ramshorn design; affording it a smart and sophisticated appearance. 

The Brogue Oxford is a true British style icon; favoured by those who value timelessness over trends.

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Austerity brogue
one strap court shoe

Simple by design, the Austerity Brogue has long been a style staple. Some choose to lean in to the simplicity of the cut, choosing matching or complementary patterns, tones and materials such as those shown here; others view it as a blank canvas for creativity, opting for the bold, bright and brilliant. To our minds, the Austerity Brogue is the perfect vehicle for expressing your individual style predilections.

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Brogued Ghillie

Born in the highlands, today the Ghillie makes a statement around the world. This lace shoe is fully brogued with a wing cap and a punched design on the toe. It has an open instep with lacing overtop. The intricate design work makes this the perfect shoe for those unafraid to make a statement.

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Court Shoe

Simplicity makes a statement. First made fashionable in the courts of 17th century England, this modern derivative of the court shoe is wholecut; creating a consistent, gentle flow from toe to heel. It has a low vamp and heel measuring 2½” at the front. An easy, slip on shoe, it’s much loved by those who value effortless style.

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Court shoe with 2 crossed straps

Two gently intertwined straps, a nod to the shoes' 17th century predecessors, add a delicate touch to this otherwise minimalist court shoe. Narrowing at the toe, the elegant lines of this cut bring grace to every stride.

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Elastic Instep

An equilibrium of security and flexibility. Here, the elastic under the tongue does the work of keeping you comfortably secure, whilst the simple frontage ­– finished with a single eye in the band – creates an understated and sophisticated appearance.

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Elastic Sided

Here, laces are replaced with slashed leather and elastic gussets; allowing the foot to simply slip into the shoe. The heel is 1⅝” high measured at the front of the heel, adding a gentle elevation and sleek curve to the profile. 

It’s long been a favourite amongst those who value effortless style.

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Norwegian Slipper

This casual shoe is wholecut with a one eye shaped band across the low instep. It has a laid on lake on the front in this instance made of crocodile skin but this can be made of the same leather as the rest of the shoe if you so desire. The heel is 1” high measured at the front of the heel. It is a stacked leather heel.

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Ankle Boots

Our boots can be found everywhere from gardens to boardrooms. Made using only the finest leathers, our boots are as robust and loyal as a well-trained gundog, yet stylish and scintillating as any work of art should be.

Our Iconic Styles

Elastic Sided

With 18th century origins this sophisticated boot, germane to us today as it has ever been, blends comfort, ease and classic style. The elastic at the side allows for a seamless step into the boot and adds extra flexibility and comfort for the wearer. A loop at the front can be used to help the foot slide in and then if desired, be discreetly tucked away. The streamlined silhouette of this boot makes it a perfect canvas for experimenting with colour, leathers and other materials.

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Button Boot

The button boot first rose to prominence in the ateliers of Victorian-era London and Paris, and have been considered a classic ever since. Over time, the style has been increasingly watered down from the original; something we at John Lobb think is a shame. Our Golosh Button Boots harken back to those that would have walked the Boulevard Saint-Germain over 100 years ago and look just as striking today as they would have then. Wholecut, and with a toe-cap, the golosh has 6 buttons, which will require a button hook.

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Golosh Oxford Cap

Few shoes speak more directly to the delicate art of the bootmaker with the word golosh thought to be derived from the old French and Latin word galoche and originally referred to the bootmaker’s last. Our Golosh Oxford Cap is a refined boot, with the galosh leg stitched onto the wholecut shoe. The front has a toecap complete with a row of broguing.

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Hilo Boot

Curved lines, a long front and reserved but expertly realised finishes make for a boot that feels both soft and architectural – especially when created in a natural stone palette. This Hilo Boot is brought together with fine stitching where front and back meet, whilst two or three lace holes on the facing add support across the top of the foot and ankle. A favourite amongst our customers with more minimalist predilections.

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Lace Jodhpur

This style, designed many years ago by John Lobb for the late ruler of the state whose name it bears, differs from the “Jodhpore” of general manufacture in its method of fastening; laces being used instead of ankle straps. In practice, this gives a neat fitting round the ankle. A bastion of enduring elegance, the Lace Jodhpur has long been a staple of many a sophisticated wardrobe. Loved for its ability to be dressed up or down, here is a boot suited to all environs. This incarnation has a plain front and two lace holes on the instep.

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Navvy Cut Boots

Named for the ‘Navvies’, the civil engineers and manual labourers of a time long past, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Navvy cut has endured. A sturdy boot in every sense, this boot is thickly soled and has a straight toe-cap with a row of broguing across its edge. It is laced all the way up the instep and front of the leg; providing extra security for the wearer.

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Step-In Boot

We’ve always made shoes for those that ‘do’. In fact, we got our start over 170 years ago making sure that Australian gold prospectors were suitably shod. Today, that spirit is still very much alive, as evidenced by this simple, sturdy, step-in boot. Cut high and wide at the ankle, the wearer can step into the boot with ease and feel secure and protected at the ankle. A good working boot that is stylish enough to be paired with jeans or a casual trouser.

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Strap Jodhpur

A sturdy, versatile boot made for doing. This boot is suited to a wide number of tasks and environments, from the garden to the street, to the saddle.  The ankle strap goes through a hole on either side of the leg fastening the boot onto the wearer’s foot and lower leg, meaning whatever the day has in store, you can step into it with confidence.

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Long boots

In 1863, the original John Lobb found fame by producing a pair of riding boots for the then Prince of Wales. So exquisite were they that he was instantly awarded a Royal Warrant. To this day we produce Riding, Wellington and Field boots for those who have a predisposition for adventure and exploration.

Our Iconic Styles

Briar Boot

Here is a boot that is sure to garner much attention. The striking combination of laces, flap and buckles do more than make a stylish statement. Lacing at the upper instep and ankle creates a secure and comfortable fit, whilst the flap and buckles allows the leg part to be loosened or tightened to the wearer’s preference.

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Field Boots

This cut was originally the preferred choice of field grade officers and above in the British Army.  The added flexibility and adjustability provided by lacing on the instep mean it has long been popular with customers who enjoy a wide range of riding disciplines, as well as country pursuits out of the saddle. Most often realised in black, when made in brown the detailed stitching and the beautifully cut lines can look even more striking.

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Greenly Boot

Previously used almost exclusively by the Royal Artillery, this boot was made for many other regiments when war broke out in 1939. The three straps fasten the leg over a folded “bellows” tongue, a piece of whalebone being sewn into the front of the boot to prevent gaping. These straps, together with the laced throat, enable the boot to be put on or taken off quickly and easily. For those with a large calf, its advantages are obvious. As the boot may be used for marching the sole is made slightly curved from the back to front to give increased comfort on long marches. For the civilian, it makes a workmanlike field boot for either riding or walking.

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Riding Boot

The original John Lobb earned his first Royal Warrant by producing a pair of riding boots for the Prince of Wales in 1863. Cut to finish just below the knee, this long boot offers full protection to the inner calf whilst allowing the wearer to maintain comfortable flexibility in the leg. Entirely free of embellishment, it is an elegant and sleek boot, snuggly fit and with tugs that that aid with putting the boot on. 

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Step-In Boot

A minimal, sophisticated boot, our Step-In Boot is practical and stylish in equal measure. Cut below the knee for maximum comfort, it can be easily put on thanks to a tug on either side of the top. This can be pushed down so that it is not visible after the boot has been put on, ensuring the boot retains its sleek aesthetic.

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Wellington Boot

The Wellington Boot became a staple of the British aristocracy and middle classes in the early 19th century, shortly after the first pair were invented by their namesake, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and created on St James’s street – just a stone’s throw away from the John Lobb premises. Today, the original prototype, a miniature model kindly gifted to us, sits proudly in our museum case at the shop.Our mid-calf boot can be cut to different heights according to the customer’s wishes; usually 12” reaching just above the centre of the calf. It features a tug on either side which can be pushed down once the boot is on.

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Ladies Zip Boot

Sleek and sophisticated, this high ladies boot can be cut to different heights according to the customer’s wishes. A zip up the inside leg means this boot can be put on with complete ease.

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Iconic styles

Slippers

John Lobb slippers ensure that the signature comfort of John Lobb can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.

Our Iconic Styles

Albert Slipper

Perhaps the slipper most synonymous with relaxed sophistication, it is commonly agreed that the Albert Slipper was named for the husband of Queen Victoria. Gaining popularity in the early 1800s, its primary purpose was to protect the fine rugs that were commonplace in England’s grandest homes. Made in velvet, with the edges roll bound with Petersham, the Albert Slipper is commonly embroidered in gold with initials appropriate to the wearer. Other designs or emblems can be embroidered on the front in different colours according to the customer’s wishes. With a thin sole and low heel, this shoe provides the ultimate in at-home comfort.

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Bath Slipper

Proving that comfort, warmth and practicality needn’t come at the expense of style, our Bath Slipper – made with felt and roll bound with Petersham ­– enjoy striking and contrasting embroidered lattice pattern.

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Grecian Slipper

Few civilisations did relaxed sophistication as well as the ancient Greeks, whose influence can be seen in this effortlessly stylish slipper which takes their name. With a low heel and thin sole, this makes for a wonderful indoor shoe.

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Mule

Originally known as Pantofles, the mule slipper can trace its lineage back almost five hundred years. In that time, it’s not once fallen out of favour with those who appreciate a sophisticated, effortless house shoe. An icon of comfort, the sole has a foam rubber covered platform.

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Price List

Boots

  • Leather Leggings
    £2,236
  • Bootees 4 1/2"
    £5,027
  • Ankle boots with zips 6 1/2"
    £5,646
  • Jodhpur boots with straps 6 - 1/2
    £5,314
  • Wellington boots
    £6,842
  • Polo Boots
    £8,151

Shoes & Slippers

  • Leather Shoes
    £4,840
  • Crocodile Shoes
    £14,500
  • Pumps
    £3,717
  • Felt Bath Slippers
    £1,386

Trees

  • Hollow Hinged Wax Polished Tree
    £934
  • Three-Piece Shoe Tree
    £1,009
  • Three-Piece Boot Trees
    £1,514
  • Wellington Boot Trees
    £1,850
  • Long Boot Trees
    £2,644

Boots

  • Leather Leggings
    £2,683.20
  • Bootees 4 1/2"
    £6,032.40
  • Ankle boots with zips 6 1/2"
    £6,775.20
  • Jodhpur boots with straps 6 1/2"
    £6,376.80
  • Wellington boots
    £8,210.40
  • Polo Boots
    £9,781.20

Shoes & Slippers

  • Leather Shoes
    £5,808
  • Crocodile Shoes
    £17,400
  • Pumps
    £4,460.40
  • Felt Bath Slippers
    £1,663.20

Trees

  • Hollow Hinged Wax Polished Tree
    £1,120.80
  • Three-Piece Shoe Tree
    £1,210.80
  • Three-Piece Boot Trees
    £1,816.80
  • Wellington Boot Trees
    £2,220
  • Long Boot Trees
    £3,172.80
*January 2021

Care & Repair

At John Lobb, we make shoes and boots to last a lifetime. Since our very first pair of boots over 170 years ago, we’ve maintained a commitment to care for and repair all of the shoes and boots we make.

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9 St. James’s Street
London
SW1A 1EF