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Possibilities of Bespoke

Originality is at the very centre of the John Lobb experience. Every piece is conceived and realised around its owner’s needs and character, executed without compromise and treasured for a lifetime.

Our experienced fitters will discuss the endless possibilities that only truly bespoke footwear can provide. Every single element is carefully considered, resulting in a creation that is truly unique. Scroll down to discover some of the elements that are considered when commissioning footwear from John Lobb.

1

Colour

Oscar Wilde believed colour spoke to the soul, and we're inclined to agree. Once you have selected your leather, you are free to choose the colour which best suits you.

The possibilities

Black
Brown
Blue
Burgundy
Green
Grey

2

Leather

Classic or exotic, smooth or richly textured; choose from our plethora of fine leathers that which reflects your individual style.

The possibilities

Crocodile
Suede
Calf
Grained
Ostrich
Crup
Lizard

3

Sole Thickness

Some enjoy the flexibility and weightlessness of a thin sole, other prefer the grounding feeling of something slightly more substantial. Choose from a range of soles thicknesses that which will best match your unique gait.

The possibilities

1/2 inch
3/8ths
1/8 inch
3/16th inch
Quarter inch

4

Sole Material

A leather soul offers classical sophistication, whilst a water and weather resistant rubber sole has myriad practical benefits. When considering your sole, it’s best to consider one’s own lifestyle.

The possibilities

Leather sole
Rubber sole

5

Toe Cap

The toe cap is defined by much more than just it’s practical purpose. It can, and should, be a thing of considered beauty. Some have minimalist predilections and choose a simple, plain front. Others enjoy the style statement made by a Wing cap.

The possibilities

Plain front
Single stitch
Two row stitch
Brogue cap (Standard)
Perforated toe cap
Wing cap

6

Design details

From the beading to the broguing, you can select from a wide range of decorative design features that will be unique to you, assured they will be created with the utmost skill by our craftsmen and women.

The possibilities

Beading
Broguing
Contrast Stitching
Matching Stitching

7

Toe Shape

All of our shoes can be made with a toe shape that best suits your personal style.

The possibilities

Classic Lobb
Pointed
Square
Chiselled

8

Welt

The welt is where the sole meets the rest of the shoe. Your choice of welt should reflect not only your sense of style, but also your lifestyle. We will discuss with you when and where you would like to wear the shoe and offer our recommendation.

The possibilities

Show Stitch (SS)
Storm welt
Blind welt
Close
Just Show Stitch (JSS)
Wide welt
Norwegian welt
Spade

9

Finish

The finish you choose is what will give your shoe it’s final layer of character.

The possibilities

High shine
Antiquing
Matt

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Trees

The tree that maintains your shoes form should reflect your character as much as the shoe itself. We offer a range of bespoke elements that make your tree’s a thing of beauty.

Finish

Wax polished
Natural finish

Hinged and hollowed

Hinged and extra hollowed
Hinged and extra hollowed aero

Three Piece

Handle to Key & Knobs to Forepart & Back
Handle to Key & Ring to Forepart
Handle to Key & Knobs to Forepart
Ring to Key and Forepart
Ring to Key and Knob to Forepart

ORiginal Creations

Monk

Olive Crocodile Norwegian Slipper

The Norwegian slipper has always been a staple of quiet sophistication. Here, a customer has requested this iconic style in a striking brown crocodile leather. The pointed toe shape creates the perfect canvas to showcase the beautiful scales of the leather which, in turn, are framed by a subtle but distinctive, rope seam lake. This lake has been meticulously hand crafted to ensure that it matches and accentuates the overall contours of the shoe. Finally, the shoe has been polished in a way to create a gentle colour gradient that draws the eye from back to front.

oxford

Women Oxford Cap

The customer request was simple: a formal pair of shoes that could be put on or removed at a moment’s notice. The result is a striking, traditional Oxford shoe. The highly shined, brogued toe cap has been fashioned with open eyelets – making the tying and untying of laces the simplest of tasks. The shoe is a perfect combination of practicality and formality.

OXFORD

Austerity Brogue in blue crocodile

Bespoke allows one to perfectly capture one’s own distinct sense of style. Whilst some prefer quiet sophistication, other prefer to make a statement. Here, the iconic Austerity Brogue is given a bold new look after being realised, at our customers request, in blue crocodile.

Walking Boot

Navvy Cut Walking Boot

The Navvy Cut has always been considered a good all-rounder. Here, the customer wanted to use this cut as the basis for durable and comfortable walking boot. Our craftsmen added a walking sole and bespoke padding; uniquely designed for the comfort and support of the specific wearer. Finished in grained leather, this boot is ready to take on the elements and still look stylish.

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9 St. James’s Street
London
SW1A 1EF