No matter how lucky you are with off-the-rack fashion, there’s no fit quite like bespoke, since it’s made to your exact measurements. For more than 150 years, John Lobb Bootmaker has provided well-heeled and soon-to-be-well-heeled gentlemen and ladies with custom shoes and boots in almost any style imaginable. Now it’s time for you and your partner to enjoy the John Lobb experience, which will leave you looking great and feeling like you’re walking on air.
Don’t mistake the Jermyn Street store for the real deal. Only Lobb’s St. James location specializes in handmade items, making it just the spot for your next day date. Stroll in and take a seat in one of the simple chairs and watch as your shoe creation experience begins. After selecting from the myriad of styles – loafer, oxford, boot, heel, and on and on – both you and your date’s feet will be measured by one of the attendant shoe makers. (Better snap a selfie for posterity.) From there, your foot info is whisked off to the enigmatic inner workings of the shop.
There are 190 steps in the creation process, from the wooden form – a “last” to shoemakers in the know – that is a perfect replica of your foot to the custom-cut leather upper, to the hand-constructed thread that will never be seen by any but the shoemaker themselves. It may take a while – with an eight month countdown there’s a bit of anticipation at play – but once your shoes arrive at your door, you won’t waste a second putting them on. For the first destination to break in those soles, it may not be a bad idea to head back to this St. James treasure – you’ll never want to purchase shoes elsewhere again. In any case, you’ll be in good company, as John Lobb’s customers have included Queen Victoria and Lord Mountbatten, whose lasts are still on file here. Who knows, yours could wind up as neighbors.